The Delta Programme and innovation are of paramount importance to one another. Innovations enable us to realise the ambitious Delta Programme taskings by 2050, and within the Delta Programme, conditions are created that invite innovations.

Many Delta Programme projects generate innovations. The Delta Plan on Flood Risk Management fosters innovative concepts in General Explorations. Several innovations have already been tested in such an exploration and have found their way to application in a dyke, such as the Vertical Sand-tight Geotextile from the Piping exploration, the dyke nailing concepts from the Macrostability exploration, and the dyke cladding methods from the Wadden Sea Dykes exploration. Innovations also materialise outside the Flood Protection Programme. For example, private parties are contributing to the development of knowledge on tidal plants and “energy dykes” (dykes used for the generation of sustainable energy). The reopening of the Flakkee sluice in 2017 opens up opportunities for the development of a tidal technology centre. Private parties are applying for the required permits and grants, have pledged co-funding, and are working on the design of the turbines. Among other things, they intend to test and certify turbines here in terms of fish friendliness. The results can be used for tidal plants or hydro-electric power stations in rivers and estuaries at home and abroad.

Start-ups are also attempting to bring innovations to application. Universities and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment are supporting such start-ups, for example, through the Delta Technology & Water Valorisation Programme set up by Delft University of Technology, and the Making Waves event organised by the Ministry, which was held on the IJsselmeer Closure Dam in September 2017. Concrete successes achieved by start-ups include the Hillblock (innovative dyke cladding), the Tube barrier (mobile flood defence system as an alternative to sandbags), and the Polder rooftop (controlled water storage for the temporary retention of rainwater, to be discharged when the time is right).

  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