The Netherlands is a low-lying country where the rivers, the IJsselmeer and the North Sea provide an abundance of water. The delta must protect itself against flooding and ensure a sufficient fresh-water supply. The Netherlands must also prepare itself for rising sea levels, soil subsidence and higher temperatures. The Delta Programme is designed to rise to these challenges. The knowledge issues from this Delta Programme return in the National Water and Climate Knowledge and Innovation Programme (abbreviated to NKWK in Dutch), which has been operational since 2015.
The NKWK comprises of fourteen research tracks, in which government authorities, knowledge institutes and companies collaborate on pilot projects, topical issues and long-term developments. The NKWK serves as the Dutch Wing of the Delta Alliance.
The Dutch Delta
The Netherlands is a river delta. In the past the rivers flowed to the sea without restraint. Today they are largely contained by groynes and dykes. The current rivers area consists of the river basins of the Meuse, IJssel, Schelde and Rhine. In the west there is a densely populated coastal zone that is home to the Randstad conurbation – the economic heart of the Netherlands. It has a population of 9 million people and accounts for 70 percent of the total income earned.
Cees van de Guchte, Deltares - cees.vandeguchte(at)deltares.nl
>> NKWK research tracks (page under construction)
- Publication: Hydraulic engineering in the social-ecological delta: understanding the interplay between social, ecological, and technological systems in the Dutch delta by means of “delta trajectories”
Several of the world's largest deltas have recently been conceptualized as social-ecological delta systems. Although such conceptualizations are valuable in emphasizing complex interaction between social actors and ecological processes in deltas, they do not go into specific dynamics that surround technological developments in the hydraulic domain. By drawing from concepts originating in socio-technical systems research, we stress the importance of technology, particularly the domain of hydraulic engineering, in shaping a delta’s future.
Martijn F. van Staveren, Jan P. M. van Tatenhove in Ecology and Society, Monday 18 January 2016
- Workshop held to explore opportunities for international cooperation within the Knowledge and Innovation program for Water and Climate
The Dutch Wing of Delta Alliance organised a workshop on 21 April 2015 to explore the opportunities for international cooperation within research that will be carried out under the new Knowledge and Innovation program for Water and Climate (NKWK) in the Netherlands. Monday 04 May 2015.
- Reactive versus anticipative adaptive management of Deltas; The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the Rhine-Meuse Delta compared In this paper Californian Adaptive Management (AM) and Dutch Adaptive Delta Management (ADM) are compared. The concepts are introduced in a policy context to deal with prevailing types of uncertainty in water management in the Californian Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the Dutch Rhine-Meuse Delta respectively. T.J. Vlieg and M. Zandvoort in Water Governance 05-06, 2013
- Delta Alliance electronic board room session. The Rhine-Meuse delta, the Netherlands , Cees van de Guchte & Bart Makaske, Deltares & Alterra, the Netherlands (2010). Presented at the international conference Deltas in Times of Climate Change, 29 September - 1 October, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
- Delta Alliance Dutch Wing Workshop
On April 22, 2010 the Dutch wing organized a kick-off workshop under Delta Alliance. Representatives from various organizations were attending the workshop. After an introduction of Delta Alliance the workshop participants could give their opinion about the development of the international network during an Electronic Board Room Session. Delta Alliance Secretary, Thursday 3 June 2010
- Watch the Knowledge for Climate Research Programme Videos related to the Dutch Delta on the Youtube channel (English subtitles).