As a country with three major rivers flowing through it and with 523 kilometres of coastline, the Netherlands is a frontrunner in coastal management. Because our country is a low-lying delta, we have lived with water for centuries. A delta in combination with our geographic location makes it very vulnerable to inundation. 

After the Netherlands was struck by severe floods in 1953, it built flood defences like the Maeslantkering. Later, rivers flooding their banks in the 1990s shifted our ideas of water management from a ‘fight against water’ towards ‘building with nature’. The Dutch water sector has come up with several  ecosystem-based solutions in which water governance, stakeholder participation, flood prevention, river management and coastal protection are key. Two of these solutions are the Zandmotor for coastal protection and the iconic Room for the River project.

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Today’s water challenges call for cooperation and the exchange of knowledge and expertise. The Dutch water sector invites you to team up to find the best solutions for our changing world.

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