Managing Extreme Events in Our Rivers and Coastal Areas:
Reflections on the Dutch Approach
Presented by Resources for the Future and the Royal Netherlands Embassy
About the Event
Speaker: Wim Kuijken
In the Netherlands, water managemnet is a daily activity. Without dikes and coastal dunes, close to two-thirds of the country would be under water. Building on centuries of water management, the Netherlands has recently adopted a policy of "Room for the Rivers" as part of a new Delta Programme to improve flood risk management in the face of a changing climate. What have the Dutch learned from their long history in managing water and their new flood policies? Can their experience offer any lessons for the United States?
During this breakfast seminar, the Netherlands' Delta Commissioner offered remarks on what his country has learned about floodplain and flood risk management and discussed new policies his country is adopting. Other panelists provided commentary on the context of the issues in the United States, U.S. experiences with flood risk management, and emerging policy options going forward.
, Delta Commissioner of the Netherlands
Deputy Federal Insurance Mitigation Administrator, FEMALen Shabman
, Resident Scholar, Resources for the Future David Conrad
, Representative of the Water Protection Network and Independent Consultant
Carolyn Kousky, Fellow, Resources for the Future
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