Several developments foster the integrated approach to dyke improvements. For example, the amended Flood Protection Grants Scheme now allows grants for so-called pre-explorations (also referred to as early explorations) as an optional component of the exploration phase of a dyke improvement project. This opens up possibilities for using grants at an earlier stage of sections of the exploration featuring a long lead time, for example, mapping out, in collaboration with regional parties, the opportunities for linkage with other taskings in the vicinity of the dyke section to be improved. The Flood Protection Programme supports an integrated approach to dyke improvements with the Handreiking landschappelijke inpassing en ruimteijke kwaliteit in waterveiligheidsopgaven [Guidelines for landscaping and spatial quality in flood risk management taskings]. Any costs saved on dyke improvements can be factored in when selecting river-widening measures or smart combinations.