Water & The Netherlands: A New Relationship

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Water & The Netherlands: A New Relationship

  1. 1. Water & The Netherlands: A new relationship Anne Donker Consulate General of the Netherlands
  2. 2. 2 The Netherlands: a delta landscape, penetrated by rivers, subject to sea and river flooding
  3. 3. 70% of Dutch GDP is produced below sea level
  4. 4. 7
  5. 5. Two major floods per century
  6. 6. 2% of Dutch GDP
  7. 7. 11
  8. 8. Living with Water
  9. 9. 13 The Netherlands: a delta landscape, penetrated by rivers, subject to sea and river flooding
  10. 10. 12-5-2014 15
  11. 11. Backup Slides
  12. 12. Thank you. Anne Donker Senior Economic Officer Consulate General of the Netherlands Anne.donker@minbuza.nl
  13. 13. Room for the River • Design discharge increase (for 2050), from 15.000 m3/s to 16.000 m3/s, is insufficient, given climate change • Projected need:18,000 – 20,000 m3/s by 2100; – 1995 flood: 12,500 m3/s • Heightening / reinforcing embankments is costly ($1.7 billion / 2050), and will likely increase overall risk • From flood resistance to flood accomodation • Reduce projected increase in design discharge levels • Dike heightening only as a last resort • Flood management and spatial quality (enhancing natural and cultural landscape values); design teams led by local govt. • RvR began as idea in 1986, gained momentum in 1990s, US projects as inspiration
  14. 14. Room for the River today • 700 potential projects identified, 39 selected, 35 being implemented • urban, agricultural/rural, wetland restoration • 2,3 billion euro budget ($3 billion) • Implementation 2009-2015: money is committed, not subject to annual appropriations cycle, this yields certainty and cost savings • Oversight team coordinates feedback / experience between projects • Info: www.ruimtevoorderivier.nl/meta-navigatie/english
  15. 15. Waal River / Nijmegen Project • River bottleneck, channel restriction from 1500m width to 450 m width Options: • Ag / undeveloped land available to north • Northern river bank land targeted for development • Key road / rail / harbor infrastructure 12-5-2014 21
  16. 16. Dike set-back strategy: safety, increased storage / flow capacity, and new land opportunities 12-5-2014 22
  17. 17. Integration with urban development 24
  18. 18. Room for the river | Ijssel River | Zutphen - Cortenoever

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