One year ago, the Delta Programme knowledge agenda was revised and updated in its entirety, in order to enable new questions to be addressed. The progress of the study is outlined under the progress per theme (Paragraphs 2.3 to 2.5) and the progress per region (Part II). Knowledge issues that are relevant to the entire Delta Programme, such as the development of the National Water Model and the implementation of the “Monitoring, Analysing, Acting” system, are on schedule. An exploratory study is under way into the options for the financial valuation of an adaptive approach to dyke improvements and river widening.

The Kennisagenda Zoetwater [Freshwater Supply Knowledge Agenda] builds on previous years. Shifts ensued from the knowledge requirements in the policy process, the results of current studies, and the semi-annual meeting of developers and users of expertise on this theme. New emphases involve, inter alia, the applicability of (system) knowledge gained, the use of newly developed model instruments, the contribution of individual measures to the (regional) freshwater supply tasking, and the review of the freshwater supply strategy. The Flood Risk Management Knowledge Agenda sets out new knowledge requirements regarding, e.g., the failure definition of flood defence systems, the piping and macrostability failure mechanisms, the effect of standards on the water system (coast and rivers), waterlogging, spatial design, and adaptive delta management.

National Water and Climate Knowledge and Innovation Programme

Knowledge issues in which collaboration between knowledge institutes, governments, and the private sector is feasible and desirable have been accommodated in the National Water and Climate Knowledge and Innovation Programme (NKWK). In the past year, collaboration has got into its stride, in particular with respect to the themes of Coastal Genesis, Rivers, Climate-proof Cities, Smart Water Management, Markerwadden, models, water and energy, Lumbricus, and flood protection. The NKWK parties are in touch with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) regarding a new call for “living labs in the delta” in 2018. The annual NKWK conference was held on 11 April 2017.

The preservation and reinforcement of the research capacity for water- and climate-related research is of crucial importance to the Delta Programme. This can be substantiated in several research themes of the National Science Agenda, for example, in the so-called Blue Route (“water as the way to innovative and sustainable growth”). 

  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