Water Management

In a coun­try which lies large­ly below sea lev­el, water man­age­ment is a cru­cial aspect of life. The Dutch have been experts in keep­ing their feet dry ever since they set­tled in the marshy lands sur­round­ing the Rhine delta. To pro­tect against flood­ing, the Nether­lands has devel­oped an advanced sys­tem of dikes, dams, and flood­gates. Today, the coun­try is at the fore­front of mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary water man­age­ment prac­tices, which are essen­tial to pro­tect against the grow­ing threat of cli­mate change and sea lev­el rise.


Since the real­iza­tion of the Delta Works, a large sys­tem of dams, dykes, locks and storm surge bar­ri­ers in the South­west of the coun­try, the seafront is con­sid­ered safe. The Delta Works were built in response to the dev­as­tat­ing 1953 North Sea flood, which killed over 1,800 peo­ple and caused wide­spread dam­age. They rep­re­sent a com­pre­hen­sive approach to water man­age­ment that aims to improve flood pro­tec­tion, ensure suf­fi­cient fresh­wa­ter sup­ply, and enhance spa­tial plan­ning in the face of cli­mate change. The pro­gramme includes a range of mea­sures, such as strength­en­ing dikes and sea walls, cre­at­ing new nature reserves to buffer against flood­ing, and improv­ing the man­age­ment of riv­er systems.


Today, a big­ger chal­lenge than hor­i­zon­tal water is ver­ti­cal water: salty ground­wa­ter push­ing through the pold­ers, but main­ly the increase in pre­cip­i­ta­tion due to the cli­mate change. There­fore an impor­tant aspect of Dutch water man­age­ment are nature-based solu­tions. These are sus­tain­able and cost-effec­tive mea­sures that har­ness the pow­er of nature to mit­i­gate the effects of cli­mate change and pro­tect against flooding.

The Dutch approach the water-relat­ed chal­lenges in an equal­ly inno­v­a­tive and prag­mat­ic man­ner, with projects includ­ing restora­tion of wet­lands, the cre­ation of green roofs and walls, water reten­tion squares, under­ground rain­wa­ter stor­age and float­ing neigh­bour­hoods. The mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures also include the use of green infra­struc­ture, such as nat­ur­al flood­plains and wet­lands, which can absorb excess water and reduce the impact of flooding.

Water Management Tours

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Water Management in North Holland 

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