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News | 22 October 2020

Dutch Delta Programme: water must lead, not follow

The Netherlands is a safe country when it comes to water management, but at the same time it is still vulnerable to climate change. It is well protected from rising water levels, but there is still a lot of work to be done in the coming years. Climate change is bringing new challenges, such as drought. The work on the delta needs to speed up and intensify. The water situation swings between ‘too much’ and ‘too little’, and balancing this shift is central to the Dutch Delta Programme 2021. Delta Commissioner Peter Glas explains the country’s goals and how the Dutch water sector can contribute to them. He makes the case that this goes beyond only technology, but also includes governance. Although the latter is less visible, it is just as iconic as the major hydraulic engineering works for which the Netherlands is so well known.

Photo of Peter Glas, Dutch Delta Commissioner