Room for the river project highlighted in Al Gore's online programme 24 Hours of Reality
On 22 and 23 October the website 24 Hours of Reality will broadcast five video reports from all continents on the effects of carbon pollution and the costs of the measures needed to encounter these effects.
The report from Europe includes the Room for the River project in The Netherlands, showing Cor Verbeek (on top photo being filmed) who works for the national Department of Waterways and Public Works on the issue of river flood protection.
His work brought Verbeek to kitchen tables and halls filled with peopleto talk about the measures against flooding. It’s Verbeek's believe that understanding the reason of the intervention leads to acceptance and eventually to corporation to the measures involved.
Combined flood safety and improvement of liveability
The goal of the Dutch Room for the River Program is to give the river more room to be able to manage higher water levels.
At more than 30 locations, measures will be taken that give the river space to flood safely. Moreover, the measures will be designed in such a way that they improve the quality of the immediate surroundings.
The program ensures the security of 2 - 4 millions Dutch inhabitants, an investment of more than 2.5 billion dollars.
In the beginning of the project Verbeek was responsible for the choice of the measures as a part of the decision-making in the Dutch parliament. Now he accompanies the other governments in the realization of the Room for the River measures, all this for a safe and sustainable river system in the Netherlands.
The European report will be live broadcasted on 22 October at: 10pm, 10/23: 4am, 10/23: 10am, 10/23: 4pm (EET)
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Read more on Room for the River projects on this website
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● Boskalis contracted for Dutch Room for the River project at Veessen-Wapenveld, 4 July 2013
● New 'tap' splits Rhine high water with great accuracy over two rivers, 31 January 2013
● Groundbreaking ceremony biggest Room for the River project: a 3 km long side channel, 24 January 2013
● Room for the river: First dairy farmer moves to new farm on 6 m high mound in Overdiepse polder, 11 August 2012
Room for the river
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