Deltas are sensitive to flooding. Controlling flood risks asks for a continuous adaptation to changing circumstances. Climate change forces us to look closely at the measures we take to keep the Netherlands safe and viable. The sea level is rising and the chances of storms and extreme weather are increasing, the speed of this increase cannot be predicted.
To develop sound, flexible adaptation measures such as robust dykes we need to know what works and what doesn’t work. From 2007 till 2014 the Knowledge for Climate programme supported national, regional and local authorities by developing a strategy to deal with flood risk for the 21st century and beyond.