Are Dutch Water Safety Institutions Prepared for Climate Change?

M.H. van den Brink, C.J.A.M. Termeer, S. Meijerink

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Abstract

This paper deals with the question to what extent the historically grown Dutch water safety institutions have the capacity to cope with the ‘new’ challenges of climate change. The Adaptive Capacity Wheel provides the methodological framework. The analysis focuses on three recent and major planning practices in the Dutch water safety domain: the development and implementation of the Room for the River project, the flood risk approach, and the Second Delta Plan, respectively. The paper concludes that for the Netherlands, to be prepared for climate change, it is necessary to take a new institutional path, by building capacity to improvise, by investing in and by creating room for collaborative leaders, and by finding ways to generate financial resources for long term innovative measures
Original languageEnglish
PublisherIVM Institute for Environmental Studies
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameReport
PublisherIVM Institute for Environmental Studies
No.W-10/009

Keywords

  • climatic change
  • water policy
  • flood control

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