The Delta Programme is a national programme involving an innovative collaboration between the central government, the provinces, municipalities and district water boards, with input from civic society organisations, knowledge institutes, citizens, and the business community. The aim is to protect the current and future generations of the Netherlands against flooding, to ensure a sufficient supply of freshwater and to climate-proof our country in order to prevent major damage.
The Delta Programme Commissioner submits an annual proposal for the Delta Programme to the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, fosters the implementation of the Delta Programme, and monitors progress. The proposal comprises all the measures scheduled and provisions made to reduce floods, pluvial flooding and water shortages. The Delta Programme is presented to the States General every year on Prinsjesdag, the state opening of Parliament.
Eight areas are working on the further elaboration and implementation of the strategies outlined in the Delta Programme. These areas cover the entire country. They are:
- Rhine Estuary-Drechtsteden
- Southwest Delta
- IJsselmeer Region
- Wadden Region
- Elevated sandy soils