Field trips

Location departure tours

All tours will depart at 09.00 (except from field trip 4 IJsselmeer region which begins at 08.00).
The tours will depart from Willemsplein (Zalmstraat) next to the Erasmus Bridge. From the World Trade Center it is a 15 minute walk. You can also use public transport; Tram 23 or Metro E from Beurs, Rotterdam (except from field trip 5. The water city of the future, this tour will depart from the World Trade Center).

Once arrived at Willemsplein please proceed to the organisation, recognizable by the Adaptation Futures signage, to sign in with your voucher and name. The organisation will assist you to the right bus and provide you with a lunch-package, unless lunch is included on a location during the tour.

There will be 13 different tours on this day so please make sure to sign in at the organization first to make sure you are joining the correct tour.


On Friday 13 May participants are offered a choice among 13 field trips (half day or full day). The trips will provide a good overview of how various places in the Netherlands have adapted to climate change over the centuries.

Costs € 35 (including travel, refreshments and packed lunch)
Field trip bookings >> via the conference registration
Field trip locations >> download map
Detailed field trip programmes will be published on this page mid April and handed out during the conference registration. 


Visit our biggest multifunctional water storage in the Netherlands! (site visit by bus and bicycle excursion)

In the Eendragtspolder several organisations together developed a recreation area, an international rowing course and storm water storage system to manage four million cubic meters of water.
The design and realisation of this 300 hectare multifunctional area required close and continuous cooperation. We combined our knowledge and created a typically Dutch solution for the problems caused by heavy precipitation in one of the most densely populated and lowest-lying areas in Western Europe: seven meters below sea level.
The excursion offers a breathtaking view of the Eendragtspolder site. It reveals Dutch experiences in technique and design, costs and the various processes of implementation. The regional water authority Schieland en de Krimpenerwaard is happy to tell you how it implemented this large scale water storage system, which keeps Rotterdam safe from flooding in times of extreme weather. Thereafter, you will have an opportunity to visit the water storage system by bicycle. 

Organiser Water Authority Schieland en de Krimpenerwaard 
Max number of participants 40
Times 09.00-14.00


We are going to simulate a flood! (site visit)

The excursion will take you by bus to Flood Proof Holland, the unique test and demonstration facility for innovative temporary flood defences and flood prevention measures in Delft. You will be able to see some of the latest innovations during a real life flood simulation. At Flood Proof Holland, Dutch entrepreneurs are working together with public parties, staff and students of various knowledge institutes (e.g. Delft University of Technology) to find innovative and practical means of protection against rising water. This facility is also used for testing and demonstrating other innovations related to water management. Over the last year, many national and international delegations and film crews (for example BBC and Discovery Channel) visited the site.
For more info, please watch this video.

Organiser VPdelta 
Max number of participants 40
Times 09.00-14.00


Dordrecht flood management walking tour (city tour)

Throughout the centuries Dordrecht has developed by making use of the water surrounding the city. But the city has also been tested by the powerful combination of sea and river water. The Historic Harbour area of Dordrecht provides a good example of how people learned to live with the challenges of living in a delta. Both old and new water management approaches and measures can be observed while walking through Dordrecht's inner city. The walking tour ranges from a century-old sea dike protecting the city to new urban development sites based on living and working alongside the rivers.

Organiser City of Dordrecht
Max number of participants 40
Times 09.00-14.00


IJsselmeer region (field trip by bus and boat)

Since the construction of the IJsselmeer Dam in 1932, the IJsselmeer region has been protected against flooding by the North Sea. In addition, land could be reclaimed. The remaining waters constitute the Netherlands’ most important freshwater reservoir. However, new challenges related to past and future water management issues have to be met. The delta programme provided us with adaptation strategies to guarantee water safety and freshwater supply, and to increase the flexibility of the water system. To improve water quality and biodiversity, nature development programmes were started. A further issue is the climate-proof development of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region using the full potential of the lakes.
The success of these developments depends on the commitment to follow an integrated approach combining water management with nature development and recreational and economic goals. This field trip will take you to the IJsselmeer region. We will take a boat trip, enjoy the scenery and see several examples of innovative and multi-purpose projects in water management.

Organiser IJsselmeer Blue Challenge Platform  
Max number of participants 40
Required wheather-proof clothing
Costs surcharge € 30

08.00-18.00 (arrival time cannot be guaranteed due possible traffic jams in rush hour)


The water city of the future (city trip)

As a delta city, Rotterdam is vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Therefore the city council aims to ensure Rotterdam remains a pleasant living environment, where the impact of climate change on its residents is kept to a minimum. The measures that guarantee this help make it an attractive and liveable city.
Climate Proof ZoHo (Zomerhofkwartier) shows the implementation of the Rotterdam Climate Adaptation Strategy on the district scale aiming to make Zomerhofkwartier climate proof and at the same time a more resilient and vivid district. This field trip takes you by foot through the ZoHo district, the urban laboratory in Rotterdam where promising climate measures are combined with the urban transition and its local initiatives. Local experts will explain innovative projects like water square Benthemplein, raingarden, rain(a)way garden and Europe's biggest urban rooftop farm.

Organiser City of Rotterdam
Max number of participants 35
Times 09.00-14.00


Noordwaard expedition: lowering the dike to prevent flooding (site visit)

Flood prevention not by raising, but by lowering the dike? Remarkable but true. As part of the ‘Room for the River’ programme, the Noordwaard Polder 2000 ha), has been ‘depolderised’ through partial excavation of the dikes over several kilometres. This allows the river Nieuwe Merwede, one of the Rhine branches, to let its waters flow more rapidly seawards when water levels are high. This results in lower water levels upstream and consequently in increased water safety. After ‘depolderisation’, the central area of the Noordwaard is flooded several weeks per year, especially during the winter months. The plots outside this central  catchment area remain (partly) suitable for agriculture and livestock. Residents continue to live and work on existing or newly constructed mounds.  Nature and new recreation possibilities are created.
We welcome you in the new Biesbosch Museum. Thereafter, the excursion proceeds to the beautiful and unique project area. You will get a true experience of flood protection within the Noordwaard polder.  

Organiser Rijkswaterstaat, Room for the River programme
Max number of participants 40
Times 09.00-14.00         


Nijmegen Waal expedition: creating an urban river park (site visit)

Nijmegen is situated alongside the River Waal at the Dutch-German border. Over the past 2000 years the river brought prosperity but also floods. Today, due to climate change more peaks in water levels are expected. Raising dikes will not be enough; innovative solutions are needed. In Nijmegen the dike will be relocated as part of the ‘Room for the River’ programme. As a result, the Waal will not flood as frequently as before and Nijmegen’s waterfront will be safe. Nijmegen has successfully turned threats into opportunities. A river park is being built in the heart of the city, featuring an island shared by houses, nature, and leisure facilities. The old town (south bank) and the new town (north bank) are being transformed.
The Nijmegen Waal expedition along urban riversides and the new island will allow you to see how the oldest town in the Netherlands is embracing the river - and the future.

Organiser City of Nijmengen
Max number of participants 40
Times 09.00-16.00    
Picture © Thea van den Heuvel /DAPh


National Flood Protection Programme (site visit)

Seventy percent of the Dutch Delta is subject to flooding. To protect it, all 3500 kilometres of the Netherlands’ prime water defences are inspected every six years. Higher peak discharges are expected in the near future. Dikes that need reinforcement are included in our National Flood protection programme. We invite you to visit two pioneering protection projects in the Rhine Delta.
First of all, the dike improvement at the island of Dordrecht. In the densely populated old city of Dordrecht, citizens and regional government were closely involved in deciding about the most suitable flood protection method.  Through a new multi-level safety concept, a combination of dike improvement, town planning and safety measures is being developed. To get there, the primary level of security, the dikes, are being reinforced at the west and east side of Dordrecht. Dealing with nature, agricultural and citizen interests, this 11 km project is an example of good stakeholders management and good collaboration between government and contracters. With a new innovative integrated contract, giving more responsibility to contracters. Second, the dike between the villages Kinderdijk and Schoonhoven is being reinforced. Two innovative techniques are used to keep the old dike houses intact. Houses are lifted to make room for the heightened dike. This all takes place in a scenic surrounding with historic windmills.

Organiser HWBP National Flood Protection Programme
Max number of participants 40
Times 09.00-18.00         


Smart Solutions, great results (site visit) 

Over 1,2 million people live and work in the area of the Delfland Water Authority. It is an important economic hub that includes cities such as The Hague, Delft and part of Rotterdam. It also contains the world’s largest greenhouse horticulture area.  The region is one of the most densely populated areas of the Netherlands and a large part is situated below sea level.
The Water Authority plays a number of important roles. Continuous adaptation of the water system is needed to combat the effect of climate change and to facilitate further economic development.  At the same time the area must be protected against flooding. The available space is limited. Smart, innovative and as a rule multi-functional solutions are needed. Close cooperation with local partners is a must.
This field trip takes you along various innovative solutions in Delfland, ranging from measures in the urban area such as water plaza's and ingenious compartmentalisation solutions, to smart innovations in the greenhouse area. 

Organiser Delfland Water Authority
Max number of participants 40
Times 09.00-14.00      


Subsoil water buffers to enlarge fresh water availability (site visit)

Harbour cities, industries and productive agricultural soils make delta regions strategic centres of high economic value.  However, climate change and the increasing demand for fresh water endanger the balance between salt and fresh water. We can increase the availability of fresh water by storing it underground. This field trip leads you to the show case Waterbuffer in the Westland area, the largest contiguous Greenport area in the world. We will present you with various subsoil fresh water storage solutions applied in the Dutch agricultural and horticultural sectors, varying from relatively simple, regulated drainage systems which improve existing fresh water ‘lenses’ to  advanced vertical well designs to create fresh water bubbles. At this location we will also visit an ASR-installation (aquifer storage and recovery).

Organiser Waterbuffer Foundation
Max number of participants 40
Times 09.00-14.00         


Hondsbossche Sea wall (site visit)

Until 2015, the Hondsbossche and Pettemer Sea wall was a weak link in the Dutch defense system against the North Sea. The coast was reinforced with sand. To plan the improvement of the ‘Hondsbossche Zeeweering’, the Water Authority Hollands Noorderkwartier, the province of North Holland and the Dutch national department of Public Works worked together.  In addition, the province, together with some local municipalities and organisations for the preservation of nature, cooperated to make the coast more attractive.
The coastal works are used to increase the potential for recreation, nature and tourism and to uplift the regional economy. Residents and local entrepreneurs offered their ideas to improve the plans. The contractor, van Oord-Boskalis, was free to come up with its own ideas for the implementation, while adhering to certain conditions to assure safety. Creative ideas and innovative techniques resulted in a beautiful design.
We are happy to offer you an interesting tour with many highlights, each with its own story.

Organiser Water Authority Hollands Noorderkwartier
Max number of participants 40
Times 09.00-16.00


Experience the Delta Works (site visit)

A large part of the Netherlands lies below sea level. For a country as small as the Netherlands, relatively many big rivers discharge their waters into the sea. This makes the Netherlands vulnerable to flooding. In addition to this, we have to deal with rising sea levels, soil subsidence, increasing number of extreme storms, heavy rain and high river levels. Flood prevention is and will remain vital. The 13 Delta Works in the provinces of Zuid-Holland, Zeeland and Noord-Brabant protect us already for over 50 years against flooding. They are unique and complex seawalls. Register for an educational and fun outing to the main Delta Works.
Read more: website Delta Works

Organiser Experience the Deltaroute (Rijkswaterstaat (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment)/The Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB)
Max number of participants 40
Times 09.00-17.00      


Amsterdam rainproof (site visit)

 Annual rainfall has increased in the last century and rains have become more intense. Amsterdam Rainproof is a movement of all Amsterdam citizens to prepare the city for extreme rainfall. They do that by implementing, in public and private spaces, many small measures that together increase the city’s capacities  to function as a sponge. Water-permeable pavement materials, green roofs and wall gardens: there are many solutions to prevent flood damage that at the same time embellish the city. The Amsterdam Rainprooof programme (2014-2017) informs, inspires and connects residents, entrepreneurs, civil servants and scientists to build in rainproof measures in all physical changes in the city.
The excursion takes you to a ‘rainproof neighbourhood’ and a water conserving roof: the polderroof.

Organiser Rainproof Amsterdam
Picture © Betondorp - Merlijn Michon
Max number of participants 30
Times  09.00-14.00