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.

‘Cooling Rotterdam’ completed

Heat is one of Rotterdam’s urgent climate challenges. The ‘urban heat island effect’ is increasing, especially in the centre and the old city districts. To address this challenge, we developed a strategy for greening and cooling urban public spaces to reduce the urban heat island effect.

We inventoried and analysed the temperature of existing public spaces, the opportunities for cooling and to create new public spaces in areas with too much distance to (potential) cool spaces. In addition, we created a toolbox with measures that can cool down spaces or create places to stay, to be able to make use of the cities potentials and create cool spaces in close proximity to all residents of the city.

This project was carried out in collaboration with the Municipality of Rotterdam under the voucher scheme for spatial design financed by the Stimuleringsfonds.

You can read more about the project here.


‘Sustainable Logistics’ completed

In the Netherlands rapidly growing distribution sector and e-commerce ‘boxes’ are a very prominent aspect of the new trade landscape. This led to a public debate about the desirability and conditions for these new economic developments. The distribution centers compete for scarce space with other land use ambitions and claims such as housing and nature development. Yet the distribution landscape is hardly approached in an integrated or spatial manner. Not only does this affect the spatial quality, also opportunities for links with contemporary developments (such as circularity and energy transition) remain untapped.

Together with Vereniging Deltametropool, we explored spatial dilemmas, opportunities and possible solutions, on the basis of three logistics nodes in Tilburg, Nijmegen and Venlo. They are all part of the Freight Corridors East and Southeast. On the basis of design explorations and work sessions with the three municipalities, we developed insights by means of a number of tools that can be used to promote sustainable distribution, energy supply and use of space in the nodes.

For each location, we explored a theme that represents the challenges of this area, while offering tools that can be applied to other locations along the Netherlands freight corridor. In Tilburg we focus on sustainability, densification and creating more mixed urban trade landscapes, in Venlo on strategic specialization of the node in relation to other nodes on the corridor and in Nijmegen on opportunities for sustainable energy supply networks. Next to physical interventions we identified governance principles needed to allow for the ambitioned change.

You can read more about the project here.



‘Wisselpolders’ as a strategy for intertidal nature and climate adaptation

Intertidal nature areas are the most productive ecosystems in the world and have an important function for migrating birds. Besides that, they function as breakwaters and thus play a crucial role for flood risk management. However, due to polderisation, damming and sea level rise in the Netherlands these tidal areas are under pressure and might disappear.

Together with the WWF-Netherlands (Wereld Natuur Fonds) and NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research we developed the Wisselpolders (double dike systems); a strategy that can be used to protect and enhance intertidal nature, create climateadaptive agricultural areas and strengthen the flood protection in the Southwest Delta and the Wadden Sea.

You can find more information here.



Defacto in podcast “Onder Planologen”

“Planners are probably the most powerful people you have never heard of.”

That is the conclusion of an article in ‘Trouw’ about the short podcast series “Onder Planologen”. In this podcast Anne Loes Nillesen discusses climate change adaptation (episode 4). She provides insight into how to include climate change in projects and why it’s so important that planners do so.

You can read the full article here.

Curious about the podcast? Listen in.