A five day mission (11-15 November) to Los Angeles and San Francisco, accompanied by State Secretary Van Veldhoven, will focus on the circular economy, sustainable mobility and resilience. The resilience theme will look at flood protection, resilient architecture and water technology, including water reuse, water quality and water storage.
Tailor made programme
The programme will be tailored to the different sectors with seminars, company visits and collective matchmaking at network events. Dutch organisations interested in doing business or extending their network in California are welcome to join. RVO and the Ministry of Infrastructure & Water management are organising the mission.
The Netherlands has already worked with the state of California on climate and environmental issues for several years, given that California has an ambitious climate policy and is facing big challenges in water and other areas in the future. State Governor Gavin Newsom has published an executive order to create a climate-resilient water system to address the depletion of groundwater basins, vulnerable infrastructure and provide safe drinking water. The Dutch water sector is already actively involved in the Resilient by Design challenge to make San Francisco Bay climate proof. In May this year, San Francisco organised a seminar on the ‘Next steps for Bay Area’ as part of the Holland Resiliency Week California.