This year’s Delta Programme provides a new way of insight into the progress made. The “Monitoring, Analysing, Acting” system, the engine of adaptive delta management, generates administratively relevant information on the progress of the Delta Programme. By addressing four key questions, a consistent picture is painted of the state of affairs and the need, if any, for strategy adjustments. The Delta Programme thus ties in to the evaluation of the Delta Act and the Cabinet’s response to it.


Progress based on Monitoring, Analysing, Acting

In recent years, the Delta Programme has developed a monitoring and evaluation system: the “Monitoring, Analysing, Acting” system. Its aim is threefold:

  • keeping a finger on the pulse in order to timely change course: essential to the adaptive approach used in the Delta Programme;
  • encouraging a collective learning process: sharing lessons and successes;
  • giving account regarding the progress made.

The DP2018 before you is the first to provide a progress overview based on this new system.

This Delta Programme provides insight into the progress made by reference to four key questions:

  1. On schedule: are we implementing the measures within the time frame and budget agreed upon? The central point of focus here is the progress made on implementation (output).
  2. On track: are we on track or do external developments constitute a reason for reconsideration of goals or measures? The central point of focus here is attainment of the goals (outcome).
  3. Integrated approach: are we addressing the taskings in an integrated manner?
  4. Participation: are governments, businesses, NGO’s, and residents involved on a wide scale, where such is called for?

Community of Practice and Signal Group

Several times a year, representatives of the themes and the regions meet in Communities of Practice to exchange experience with the implementation of preferential strategies and Delta Plans (the so-called blue line in Figure 1). The community focuses on key questions 1, 3, and 4 in particular. A Signal Group, composed of experts in the field from various backgrounds, has analysed which external developments – such as the pace of climate change – could constitute a reason for the reconsideration of preferential strategies and Delta Plans (the green line in Figure 1). The developments identified and their potential impact are elaborated. The analyses are focused on the question whether and when the preferential strategies and Delta Plans need adjusting. This generates the answers to question no. 2.

Figure 1

Periodical coordination between output and outcome (blue line) and external developments (green line)

These four questions have changed the substantiation of the progress information. Progress is reviewed at the level of the Delta Decisions and preferential strategies, targeting administrative questions. This is done consistently for the overall Delta Programme (Paragraph 2.2), the themes (Paragraphs 2.3 - 2.5), and the regions (Part II). The Delta Programme only outlines the progress made with respect to the individual projects at a general level; a more detailed picture is presented in the underlying progress reports, such as the Projectenboek HWBP [Flood Protection Programme Project Book] and Werken aan zoet water in de Delta [Working on freshwater supply in the Delta].

  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