Flood-resilient landscapes: area-oriented development with added value

There is increasing pressure on the available space in the Netherlands. It sometimes seems as if different social values and developments are competing with each other for the available space. In order to look at these values and developments in a different way, more as complementary than as competing elements, Deltares has introduced the concept of ‘flood-resilient landscapes’.

In flood-resilient landscapes, careful thinking goes beforehand into the optimal spatial planning for the future. Reasoning backwards, decisions can be made now that contribute optimally to a desirable situation in the future. In combination, those decisions constitute adaptation or transition pathways.

For the ongoing development of flood-resilient landscapes, we seek cooperation with government authorities, other research institutes, NGOs and private parties. In 2022, we will up the pace with assistance from the subsidy for the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality’s project www.waterveiligheidslandschappen.nl that we are working on with Wageningen Environmental Research. That work involves two lines. On a regional scale, we are focusing on the development and application of methodology and instruments in area cases. On the national scale, we are setting up a frame with future typical flood-resilient landscapes and developing generic building blocks. That makes it possible to apply solutions more widely.


Do you think flood-resilient landscapes can provide you with added value? Or are you interested in working with Deltares to develop this concept in your region? We look forward to hearing from you.