Flood Management Strategies for the Rhine and Maas Rivers in the Netherlands

by Jos Dijkman,
Rob Klomp,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


This paper addresses the above issues, examines the lessons learned, and emphasizes the shift in attention from society on flood management issues. Special attention is devoted to the significant change in flood management policies in the Netherlands: a shift from attempts to control floods by mean8 of heightening and strengthening dikes towards providing more space for the river itself, combined with institutional measures intended to close the gap between spatial planning and water management, and to improve flood forecasts and operational aspects of flood warning.

Subject Headings: Floods | Levees and dikes | Water management | Space exploration | Rivers and streams | Legislation | High-rise buildings | Netherlands | Europe

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