Water Environment Federation (WEF)

Effects of Climate Change on Water Management in The Netherlands

The climate is changing; the first indications are already apparent. The consequences for water and flood management are evident, especially in the Netherlands. The country has the highest population density in Europe, with the most economic centers and major cities below Mean Sea Level, so it is an absolute necessity to anticipate future changes. The development of both the necessary water burden for the regional waters and the floodwater program has led to the imposition of standards. The application of these standards has led to a series of measures that have been or are to be implemented in the period 2003 - 2015. These are very radical measures and the associated costs are considerable. Nevertheless, there is support for continuing, sustainable water management. This approach will lead to continuing a safe, healthy living environment in which the Dutch population as well as many foreigners can live, work and enjoy their leisure.

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