This chapter provides insight into the financial security of the Delta Programme, by comparing the resources available in the Delta Fund to the expected financial scope of the Delta Programme taskings.

The Delta Programme features measures that are funded entirely or partially from the Delta Fund: the measures pertaining to flood risk management and freshwater supply for which the central government bears (partial) responsibility. In addition, the Delta Programme comprises measures for which the central government does not bear responsibility, such as measures involving the regional water system and measures to combat waterlogging. Such measures are not funded from the Delta Fund.

The paragraphs below successively outline the status of the Delta Fund, the resources contributed by the other Delta Programme partners, and the financial taskings of the Delta Programme up to 2050. This is followed by the Delta Programme Commissioner’s conclusion regarding the degree to which the funding of the Delta Programme is safeguarded. Text boxes highlight projects with an exceptional financial underpinning.


Developments in the Delta Fund

The Delta Fund contains financial resources which the central government has earmarked to fund investments in flood risk management, freshwater supply, and water quality, and the associated management and maintenance by the central government. The Delta Fund can also provide grants for measures in the fields of flood risk management, freshwater supply, and water quality implemented by other governments (see Article 7.22d, second paragraph, of the Water Act). Water quality only comes to the fore in this analysis in interconnection with the Delta Programme taskings (flood risk management and freshwater supply). The Delta Plan on Flood Risk Management, the Delta Plan on Freshwater Supply, and the Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation contain an overview of all the studies conducted and concrete measures scheduled under the Delta Programme, including the budget allocated (Part III). 

Delta Fund budgets

In September 2016, upon the official opening of Parliament, the Rutte II Cabinet presented its response to the inter-ministerial policy study on flexibility in infrastructural planning to the House of Representatives. This announced that the Delta Fund will annually be extended by one year. This intention has now been carried into effect, which means that in 2018, the Delta Fund will run up to 2031 inclusive. With this step, the Cabinet provides certitude regarding the manner in which the budgetary horizon of the Delta Fund will be extended. This secures the future budget for the implementation of the taskings set out in the Delta Programme.

In the period 2018-2031, a sum of some 17 billion euros will be available in the Delta Fund, which brings the annual budget to an average of nearly 1.2 billion euros. This is evident from Table 1, which reflects the itemised and total Delta Fund budgets for the budget year 2018 and the period 2017-2031. Figure 4 reflects the itemised development in the budgets for the years up to and including 2031. New vis-à-vis Delta Programme 2017 is the IJsselmeer Closure Dam project reserve in Item 4, Experiments. This project will be marketed under a DBFM contract. The tender procedure is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

Table 1

Delta Fund budgets in 2018 and totals, based on the 2018 draft Budget (in millions of euros) 

Figure 4

Delta Fund budgets in 2018, per item and totals, based on 2018 draft Budget

Programme scope and policy scope

As a result of the inter-ministerial study into flexibility in infrastructural planning, the Delta Fund budget for 2018 includes a table reflecting the proportion of the construction budgets (including non-allocated budget available for investment) that the Cabinet deems sufficiently flexible to be taken into account in new plans. This concerns the budgetary scope that has not yet been allocated to a final solution, leaving it free to be allocated to an alternative use or solution. With respect to the Delta Fund, the bulk of this budgetary scope concerns the “non-allocated budget available for investment”.

Following the extension of the Delta Fund and the budgetary modifications below, the generic non-allocated budget available for investment amounts to 1.5 billion euros. A proportion of this non-allocated budget is kept entirely free at the disposal of future Cabinets. This non-allocated budget is earmarked as policy scope (0.7 billion euros). Scope available to the Cabinet is designated as programme scope (0.8 billion euros, of which 0.4 billion euros set aside for risks in ongoing projects). 

This generic non-allocated budget (1.5 billion euros) available for investment is available to the new Cabinet to tackle the priority policy issues related to water. In the years ahead, ongoing efforts such as the assessment based on the new flood risk management standards, the exploration of the long-term river widening ambition, the Delta Plan on freshwater supply, and the Delta Approach on Water Quality and Freshwater Supply will prompt a further and adaptive allocation of these investment resources. For more details, see Paragraph 3.4, Financial security of the Delta Programme.

  1. Cover letter and Delta Programme Commissioner’s recommendations
  2. Introductory summary
    1. Continuing the work on a sustainable and safe delta
  3. Part I National level
  4. Progress of the Delta Programme
    1. Progress based on Monitoring, Analysing, Acting
    2. General picture of the progress
      1. On schedule
      2. On track
      3. Integrated approach
      4. Participation
      5. Effectiveness of the regions
    3. Progress in flood risk management
    4. Progress in spatial adaptation
    5. Progress in freshwater supply
    6. Embedding, knowledge and innovation, international collaboration
      1. Embedding
      2. Knowledge
      3. Innovation
      4. International efforts
  5. Delta Fund
    1. Developments in the Delta Fund
    2. Resources from other partners
    3. The financial taskings of the Delta Programme
    4. Financial security of the Delta Programme
  6. Part II Regions
  7. Progress per region
    1. IJsselmeer Region/freshwater supply region IJsselmeer Region
    2. Rhine Estuary-Drechtsteden/West-Netherlands freshwater supply region
    3. Rhine/ Area around the major rivers freshwater supply region
    4. Meuse
    5. Southwest Delta/Southwest Delta freshwater supply region
    6. The Coast
    7. Wadden Region
    8. Elevated Sandy Soils South and East
  8. Part III Delta Plans
  9. Delta Plan on Flood Risk Management
    1. Implementation programmes
      1. Flood Protection Programme
      2. Second Flood Protection Programme
      3. Room for the River
      4. Meuse Projects
      5. WaalWeelde
      6. IJsselmeer Closure Dam
      7. Repair of Oosterschelde and Westerschelde stone claddings - Zeeland foreland deposits
    2. River widening in interconnection with dyke improvement
    3. Studies ensuing from knowledge agenda and in regions
  10. Map Flood risk management measures
  11. Delta Plan on Freshwater Supply
    1. Measures to ensure the availability of freshwater in the Netherlands
  12. Map Freshwater supply measures
  13. Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation
    1. Introduction
      1. Justification
      2. Aim and state of affairs of the Delta Plan
      3. Collective realisation
    2. Context
    3. “Analysis, Ambition, Action” – state of affairs
      1. Waterlogging
      2. Heat stress
      3. Drought
      4. Consequences of urban flooding
      5. Current approach
    4. Our intentions: expediting and intensifying
      1. Vision: from the present to 2050
      2. Ambition and strategy
      3. Interim goals
      4. Nationwide governance framework regarding spatial adaptation
      5. Funding
    5. Appendix 1. Action programme
    6. Appendix 2. Outcomes of regional meetings and round table discussions
  14. List of Background Documents
    1. Background documents
  15. Colophon
    1. Colophon content Delta Programme 2018
  16. How to use Delta Programme 2018