The increasing urgency of spatial adaptation poses a challenge to the Netherlands that can only be tackled by governments, the business community, NGOs, and residents collectively. We need to adapt our living environment to permanently accommodate increasing waterlogging, heat stress, drought, and flood damage ensuing from climate change: from the major (infrastructure) grids down to the very capillaries of society. In cities and small built-up nuclei as well as in rural areas. Spatial adaptation encroaches upon a wide range of domains, such as the ways in which we construct our houses and business premises, the ways in which we design our gardens and public spaces, the ways in which we construct, maintain, and manage our infrastructure, and the ways in which we practice agriculture, and design nature.
In the build-up to this Delta Plan, five regional meetings with administrators and two theme-based round table discussions with NGOs were organised in 2017. These have garnered more support for spatial adaptation. The meetings have generated views on the contents of this Delta Plan: what agreements do we want to make, who can contribute what, and how are we going to collaborate? The interim evaluation of the Delta Decision on Spatial Adaptation, in which many parties have been involved, has also generated recommendations that have been incorporated into this Delta Plan.
In March 2017, the umbrella organisations of the municipalities, district water boards, and provinces drew up the joint investment agenda for the new Cabinet. This agenda, entitled Towards a sustainable Netherlands, sets out how they intend collectively to contribute to climate adaptation.
In addition, the Infrastructure and the Environment Consultative Body (OIM) has produced an advisory report. This report and the response to it by the Delta Programme Commissioner are contained in Background Document B to Delta Programme 2018. Final input was provided by the advisory report on waterlogging that the Advisory Committee on Water (AcW) submitted to the Minister in May 2017, with a view to the Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation.