The Delta Programme, the new-style Delta Plan
The object of the new-style Delta Plan (the Delta Works of the future) is to protect our country against high water and keep our freshwater supply up to standard, now and in the future. Many aspects play a role in this, ranging from the environment and the economy to nature, agriculture and recreation.
The Netherlands is a low-lying, prosperous and densely populated delta that is vulnerable to flooding. Should something happen, the suffering and damage – in economic terms as well – would be unthinkable. Our delta is too precious to not take the necessary measures. In the past, we have been caught off guard on several occasions because our safety measures were not up to par. The new-style Delta Plan has to ensure that we will not be caught off guard again. In addition, the freshwater supply is important to our economy and it too must remain secure in the future.
The new-style Delta Plan will be implemented under the direction of the Delta Commissioner. The Delta Act has become effective on 1 January 2012.