Sustainable company terrains in Tilburg

In Tilburg the available space is under pressure; Business parks are practically full, while SMEs and logistics are looking for space to extend. At the same time, climate adaptation, energy transition and circular economy also require additional space. These challenges ask for a transition from a logistics hotspot to a high-quality business ecosystem.

Together with Vereniging Deltametropool, we are building on the previous research ‘Duurzaam Distributielandschap’, in which ways to intensify existing industrial estates were already explored. We are developing a set of tools with spatial solutions for the municipality of Tilburg, to be applied at the terrains of Loven by means of an area manifest.

Agricultural Transformation Plan for the Mekong delta

The Mekong delta in Vietnam is facing climate challenges; sea level rise and damming of upstream rivers makes fresh water more scars.

Together with Wageningen University & Research, we are developing an Agricultural Transformation Plan to adapt and strengthen the agriculture sector. The study will give agricultural transformation advice on the marine zone, coastal zone, intermittent zone, and upper zone. This also includes the development of a hub area where the products can be certified, processed and exported.

Umbrella Investment Program Design to Prioritize Investments for the Restoration of the Rivers surrounding Dhaka City (UIP Dhaka)

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh and a bustling metropolis, is surrounded by five rivers that are an important lifeline for the people and economy and play a critical role in supporting the city. However, rapid urbanisation, often encroaching the city’s vast flood plains, has jeopardized its unique riverine morphology and its lifeline. The Government of Bangladesh has approved the Dhaka River Master Plan in 2019, in line with the Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP2100). However, there is a pressing need to step up the efforts towards the recovery of the Dhaka rivers, the restoration of its public services and enhancement of the ability of the rivers to rejuvenate and drive Dhaka’s economy and improve the lives of the people of Dhaka.

Together with Royal HaskoningDHV, Delta Context and DevCon, we are developing an Umbrella Investment Program Design to Prioritize Investments for the Restoration of the Rivers surrounding Dhaka City (UIP Dhaka).

Toolbox for flood risk management in the Port of Rotterdam

Due to climate change, the sea level is rising and increasing the risk of flooding in the port of Rotterdam. Due to the great economic importance and the presence of vital and vulnerable functions within the port area, it is important to already anticipate on the rising sea levels. For each port area potential adaptation strategies have been developed.

Together with the Port of Rotterdam, we developed a digital toolbox where companies can find appropriate measures they can take, depending on the type of assets that need to be protected, the size of investment and the permanence of the intervention.

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New publication: Landscape Architecture for Sea Level Rise

“This book assesses and illustrates innovative and practical worldwide measures for combating sea level rise from the profession of landscape architecture. The work explores how the appropriate mixture of integrated, multi-scalar flood protection mechanisms can reduce risks associated with flood events including sea level rise.”

The Netherlands is one of the case studies that illustrate structural, non-structural and hybrid measures that can be taken to address sea level rise, which are categorized into design-based typologies. Anne Loes Nillesen and Mona zum Felde elaborate on the development and exploration of long-term orientations for addressing accelerated sea-level rise in research-by-design studies. That includes the potential water system and land use impacts of the formulated orientations for flood risk protection (also including accommodation, coastal advancement, and strategic retreat). In addition, two local scale design studies are illustrated (greater Amsterdam Region and Western Scheldt area) that demonstrate how these conceptual orientations can be applied while simultaneously improving spatial quality.

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Adaptation to sea level rise in Central Holland.

Climate change and sea level rise changes might be faster and more extreme than the currently used scenarios anticipate. In the explorations for addressing sea level rise, ‘adaptation’ (meebewegen) is still underexposed in the debate. To fill this gap, we developed a vision map for Central Holland, demonstrating how this development direction could look like in this area and what dilemmas and possible futures this could create.

This research by design study was part of the open call for spatial design ‘space for climate adaptation and energy transition’ from the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, in collaboration with the staf Deltacommissaris and Waternet.

Workshop on Sea Level Rise

How could the different adaptation options to sea level rise look like on the regional scale? During a workshop at the third national day of the Sea-level rise knowledge programme (Kennisprogramma Zeespiegelstijging) we discussed this question with a group of stakeholders. We used the workshop to test and optimize the methodology that will be applied in all regions of the Nationaal Deltaprogramma this year, using Rijnmond-Drechtsteden as a case study.

This week, the first regional workshop will take place in the region of Central Holland.

Minister visits Topcorridors

This week, the Topcorridors programme was presented to the Ministers for Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat (IenW), Mark Harbers, and for Housing and Spatial Planning, Hugo de Jonge, State Secretary Vivianne Heijnen of IenW and regional administrators.

Together with our partners, we are working on making freight transport and the spatial-economic development of the East and South-East corridors more sustainable, among other things by means of modal shift and a more efficient flow of goods. During the meeting with the ministers, the five strategic pillars of the programme were presented: (1) Future-proof connections between Mainport Rotterdam and the European hinterland, (2) International multimodal accessibility of the node network, (3) Sustainable spatial-economic development of strategic nodes, (4) Making the East and South-East Top Corridors more sustainable and (5) State of the Art digital facilities.

Read more about the meeting with the ministers here.
You can find more information about the project here.
Photo © Topcorridors

‘Projectenkaart Maas’ published

Along the Meuse river (de rivier de Maas) there are many projects for flood risk management, fresh water availability, shipping, ecological water quality as well as ambitions for nature, spatial and economic developments. In our map ‘Projectenkaart Maas’ we made an overview of these projects. The map shows the different projects with their phase of realization, their complexity and the degree of integrality.

The map is presented at the Stuurgroep Deltaprogramma Maas (SDM) and will be used to identify the coherence (or lack of it) between different projects. The map will be a discussion piece that supports exploring opportunities for collaboration between the separate projects.

You can download the map and find more information about this project in the Deltanieuws magazine of the Delta Programme.