Joint Cooperation programme for Applied scientific Research on flood and drought risk management in regional river basins

Explore our programme

Our mission and ambition

The mission of this Joint Cooperation programme on Applied scientific Research (JCAR) is to improve the cooperation on flood and drought management and research in order to Accelerate Transboundary Regional Adaptation to Climate Extremes (ATRACE).


Our main objectives

After careful consultation with implementing research partners and informed by official evaluations of the West-European floodings in 2021, the objectives of this joint cooperation programme are defined as:

Better prepared

Facilitate regional governments in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in improving integrated planning, development and management of regional river basins, preparing for extreme climate events.

Transboundary collaboration

Foster long-term partnerships between European knowledge institutes to enhance the knowledge base and inform flood and drought strategies in transboundary regional river basins.

European research partners

We aim at further strengthening an existing network of well-known top-level European research institutes with relevant practical experience in flood and drought risk management in transboundary regional river basins. 

Much of the research will be performed by this coalition of research institutes and if needed supplemented with specific expertise from other institutes for project-specific activities.

Read our magazine

We are excited to share that the first JCAR ATRACE magazine is now available to read.

The inaugural edition outlines some of the key moments that took place in the first months of our work: from the programme launch during Benelux Water Day in November 2023, to the Rurtalsperre workshop and our first study presentation. 

Explore exclusive interviews with water management experts, discover our studies in the pipeline, and meet the young researchers part of our programme. 

Discover the magazine