The measures are funded under the parties’ current responsibilities and from their current sources of funding. In the years ahead, the local and regional implementation programmes will generate a further substantiation of the additional investments needed to expedite spatial adaptation.
The investment agenda entitled Towards a sustainable Netherlands, set down by the umbrella organisations of the provinces, district water boards, and municipalities provides an initial estimate to this end. The district water boards have indicated that in their view, the intensification of spatial adaptation efforts will entail an additional investment of a total of 500 million euros. The district water boards aim to have realised this tasking, in collaboration with the central government, by 2025. This will require an annual sum of 60 million euros. The district water boards are requesting the central government to contribute half of this sum, viz., 30 million euros per annum. The municipalities are currently allocating an annual minimum of 200 million euros to waterlogging, and asking the central government for a contribution of 200 million per annum. All in all, the municipalities and district water boards are requesting the central government to contribute 230 million euros per annum in the period up to 2025, in the purview of measures relating to the regional water system and the built-up environment. In addition, they are requesting the central government to allocate 20 million euros per annum to boost implementation capacity and knowledge development. If the central government fails to make this funding available as requested, attainment of the goals will be delayed.
Under this Delta Plan, the municipalities, district water boards, provinces, and central government implementation bodies will map out the regionwide spatial adaptation taskings in more detail. Once the scope of the taskings is clear, preparations will commence for a decision on the government grants. The Minister has decided to set aside a sum of 5 million euros for the period 2018-2022 in the new draft Delta Fund budget, to cover the continuation of the current Spatial Adaptation Incentive Programme which will terminate in 2017. It is up to the new Cabinet to decide whether a substantial additional budget will be set aside for spatial adaptation. Should the Cabinet decide to do so, a sound legal basis will be required to enabling the co-funding of measures.