Adaptation to climate change is necessary
Climate change increases the probability of waterlogging, heat, drought, and floods. This entails risks to our economy, health, and safety. It is imperative for the Netherlands to adapt to such changes. If we refrain from taking action the damage in our cities may rise to some 70 billion euros in the period up to 2050. Rural areas may also sustain considerable damage. Here, severe downpours and prolonged precipitation will cause waterlogging, while at other times drought may cause damage. Heat causes expansion-related problems in railways, bridges, and other infrastructure. In addition, heat will affect the health of vulnerable population groups, such as older people and young children. According to the World Disasters Report drawn up by the International Red Cross, the heatwave that hit France in the summer of 2015, with a death toll of some 3,300 people, was the second deadliest natural disaster of that year, after the earthquake in Nepal.
Climate change increases the probability of waterlogging, heat, drought, and floods.
The Flood Protection Programme has been set up to prevent flooding. This Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation focuses on reducing the impact of flooding through spatial planning, should a flood occur nonetheless.
If we refrain from taking action the damage in our cities may rise to some 70 billion euros in the period up to 2050.
Source: Report Schades door watertekorten en -overschotten in stedelijk gebied [Damage caused by water shortages and excess water in urban areas] (Deltares 2012) and Manifest Klimaatbestendige stad [Climate-proof Cities Manifest] (Coalities Klimaatbestendige stad, 2013).