Aim and state of affairs of the Delta Plan

The Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation is a collective, national plan set down by municipalities, district water boards, provinces, and the central government. It features concrete actions and goals for the responsible authorities. The aim of this Delta Plan is to expedite the spatial adaptation process and make it less noncommittal on the basis of agreements regarding the goals, working methods and monitoring of its implementation. To achieve this aim, the “Analysis, Ambition, Action” approach has been adopted, in accordance with the working method set down in 2014 in the Delta Decision on Spatial Adaptation: mapping out the vulnerabilities (Analysis), subsequently formulating goals (Ambition), and then setting to work to render our living environment climate-proof and water-resilient (Action).

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“Analysis – Ambition - Action”

The Netherlands is faced with the major, long-term tasking of redesigning a great many locations in order to reduce the increasing damage caused by waterlogging, heat, drought, and urban flooding. Moreover, this tasking differs from one location to the next. This Delta Plan encompasses the strategy for tackling this large, location-specific tasking. It accommodates the main recommendations ensuing from the evaluation of the Delta Act, by encouraging the integration of taskings, fostering participation by non-government bodies and residents, and increasing effectiveness at the local and regional levels through a proposal for its governance.

This process must lead to a long-term, systematic strategy for tackling waterlogging, heat stress, and drought, and reducing the impact of urban flooding. The Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation is a component of the Delta Programme. It is updated annually, as are the other Delta Plans. Every year, the Delta Programme Commissioner submits a proposal to this end.

With this Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation the government is also addressing the above motions put forward by the House of Representatives. 

  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