Advisory Report Delta Commission

Working together with water
A living land builds for its future

Findings of the Deltacommission 2008

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One cannot conceive of the Netherlands without water.

Through the centuries, and still today, the inhabitants of our delta have made great efforts to struggle out of the grasp of the rivers and the sea and it is this that sets our country apart.

Situated at the mouths of four major, navigable rivers with access to all the seas of the world, in many respects our country is supported by the water.

The sea and the rivers have shaped our identity and the country itself: its nature and landscape, its prosperity and economy, and the way it is governed (water boards; the polder model).

Louise O. Fresco sat on the Delta Commission, a commission set up by the Dutch government to report on how The Netherlands can best prepare for global warming.