Delta Programme themes and regions

The Delta Programme has 3 themes – water safety, freshwater and spatial adaptation – and focuses on 8 regions.

General themes

  • 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:

The coast

Protecting the Netherlands against the sea in the next century. See subprogramme coast.

Wadden region

What measures are needed to protect the Wadden region from rising sea level

Rhine and Maas

Increasing the discharge capacity of the rivers Rhine and Meuse.

IJsselmeer region

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.

Southwest Delta

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.