Interim Evaluation Spatial Adaptation Delta Decision completed

Published: 7 February 2017

The Spatial Adaptation Delta Programme includes the agreement to encourage climate-resilient and water-robust approaches by government authorities, business, the public and civil society. To achieve this goal, the Spatial Adaptation Delta Decision (DBRA) was adopted in September 2014.

To see if we are on track to achieve the objectives set for 2020 (climate-resilient and water-robust planning as a part of government policies and actions) and 2050 (maximising climate-resilient and water-robust planning, and no extra risk of damage and casualties as a result of development/redevelopment as far as reasonably achievable), an interim evaluation of the process was made recently. Deltares, as a member of the consortium managed by ORG-ID, led some parts of the evaluation.

Steps to be taken

The consortium conducted a total of fifty interviews, organised six reflection sessions and a WorldCafé, and conducted a Q-sort survey. On the basis of the objectives for 2020 and 2050, we talked to our partners (administrators, policy-makers, interest groups and companies) to think about where we are now and what they think about the feasibility of the objectives or changes to them. The next stage was to work back and see which steps should actually taken (‘backcasting’). In broad terms, the picture that emerged was that a lot of things are going well but that different actors are progressing at different speeds and that people need to ‘move up a gear’. In addition, levels of knowledge are not optimal everywhere and so action perspectives are lacking.

‘Moving up a gear’ until 2050

We also talked to the respondents to solicit suggestions about how to ‘move up a gear’.
That resulted in the following ideas:
• Widen the frameworks for decision-making (make spatial adaptation more operational)
• Create the conditions (knowledge, governance)
• Motivate the parties who are not (yet) involved (ownership, awareness)

That resulted in nine different recommendations for subsequent action ranging from suggestions about organisation (management at the regional level) to ideas about instruments (refine current instruments).