Preface: the Delta Programme up until now
In 2010, the Netherlands embarked on a unique approach to these taskings, under the supervision of the Delta Programme Commissioner: a national strategy with ample scope for and involvement of regional parties (governments, the business community, NGOs, and residents). In 2014, on Prinsjesdag – the state opening of Parliament in September – the Cabinet presented proposals for Delta Decisions and preferential strategies to the House of Representatives: structuring decisions regarding the work on the delta in the decades ahead. By the end of 2014, the central government set the proposals down as policy in the National Water Plan. The umbrella organisations of the provinces, district water boards, and municipalities underscored their commitment to the chosen approach by signing the Administrative Agreement on the Delta Programme, and agreeing to encourage their members to adopt the Delta Decisions and preferential strategies in their own plans. This affords the Netherlands the frameworks and the compass to take timely measures.