The central government, provinces, municipalities, and district water boards have incorporated the policy ensuing from the Delta Decisions and preferential strategies proposed in Delta Programme 2015 into their policy and management plans. The central government has done so in the National Water Plan and the Management and Development Plan for the National Waters; the district water boards have done so in their Water Management Plans, and the provinces in their framework visions, Environmental Visions, and provincial water (management) plans. The municipal efforts mainly pertain to policy that ensues from the proposed Delta Decision on Spatial Adaptation. This is embedded into land use zoning plans and municipal sewerage plans, but also into operational plans such as management and maintenance plans. 

The Environment Act, that will come into force in a few years’ time, requires the central government, provinces, and municipalities to draw up integrated Environmental Visions, featuring long-term strategic key choices with respect to the physical living environment. These Environmental Visions afford the provinces, municipalities, and district water boards a pre-eminent opportunity for connecting the Delta Programme taskings with other social taskings and vice versa. At the national level, the project brief entitled De opgaven voor de Nationale Omgevingsvisie [The taskings involved in the National Environmental Vision] constitutes the prelude to the National Environmental Vision.

Environmental Visions

The central government and the provinces must have environmental visions in place once the Environment Act comes into force. Following its entry into force, the municipalities have a period of five years to draw up environmental visions.

The Frisian approach

In the province of Fryslân, municipalities, the province, and the district water boards are joining forces in the preparations of the Environmental Visions, which both the municipalities and the province will draw up for their own territories. Rather than a single, collective Environmental Vision, this collaboration will yield jointly formulated “building blocks” for supra-regional taskings. The mienskip support group, composed of interest groups, experts, entrepreneurs, and local residents, will be actively involved in drawing up the “building blocks” for physical living environment policy. What sort of Fryslân would you like to live in by 2030? How do we climate-proof Fryslân? How will we address issues such as depopulation? In the Environmental Visions, the answers to such questions are compiled into an integrated vision of the living environment. This is intended to provide more clarity regarding the developments that can be expected and the desired developments, and to increase the scope for customisation and initiatives.

  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