Delta Programme themes and regions
The Delta Programme has 3 themes – water safety, freshwater and spatial adaptation – and focuses on 8 regions.
- Flood risk management
Measures, studies, and projects aimed at protecting the Netherlands against flooding.
- Freshwater supply
Measures, studies, and projects aimed at securing the availability of fresh water in the Netherlands.
- Spatial Adaptation
Measures, studies, and projects aimed at climate-proofing the Netherlands and improving its water resilience.
Delta Programme Regions
Measures are needed in all parts of the Netherlands to prevent flooding and water shortages and to cope with drought and extremely high temperatures. The Delta Programme is investigating measures in 8 regions:
Protecting the Netherlands against the sea in the next century. See subprogramme coast.
What measures are needed to protect the Wadden region from rising sea level
Rhine and Maas
The feasibility of fluctuating water levels in the IJsselmeer, which would improve flood safety and secure freshwater supplies.
Rijnmond and Drechtsteden
Keeping the RIjnmond and Drechtsteden region safe and liveable in the wake of risng sea level. The rivers' discharge capacity will need to be increased.
Keeping the Southwest Delta region safe and liveable in the wake of rising sea level. The rivers' discharge capacity will need to be increased.
Elevated sandy regions
Securing sufficient freshwater supply for the region when there is little rainfall and using scarce supplies more economically.