Dutch water research institute Deltares signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kuwait's Environment Public Authority (EPA) on 23 April.

The MoU was signed by acting EPA managing director Raja Dawood Al-Busairi (left), and Deltares managing director Maarten Smits (right).

Deltares will support Environment Public Authority in areas that include knowledge relating to the sustainable management of urban areas, coastal zones and wetlands, and with the analysis and dissemination of knowledge and data about water quality and ecosystems in marine waters, coastal waters and groundwater.

EPA is responsible for the country's environment and one of its duties is to collect data as a basis for environmental policy and spatial planning.

dws-deltares-epa-mou-kuwait-city-350pxCoast of Kuwait city.

Emphasis on Working with nature
The MoU was signed during a two-day visit by EPA to the Netherlands.

The visit also focused on the Working with nature philosophy, which combines functions like flood risk management or waste-water treatment with natural processes.

The delegation from Kuwait went on a number of visits, including a look at a Dutch drinking water facility and the Sand Motor beach nourishment project, both on the coast of South Holland.

About Working with nature
Working with Nature is a perspective on sustainable coastal and river engineering to focus on natural systems first, rather than from the perspective of technical design. This perspective maximises opportunities and reduces frustrations, delays and associated extra costs.

Working with nature assures development objectives that can be maintained more sustainably.

This news item was originally published on the website of Deltares.

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