Collective realisation

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.

  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