PR 8.1 Adaptation to climate change in the IJsselmeer region: creating the future by addressing the past

Tuesday 10 May, 13.30 – 15.15, Tokyo Room

After the large flooding of the Zuiderzee region in 1916, the Afsluitdijk was constructed in 1932 as a safety measure. In the following decades, fertile land could be reclaimed, offering many economic opportunities. The now called IJsselmeer region is of great value to the Netherlands in terms of its natural environment and cultural history. However, new challenges related to water management issues and the need to balance social, economic and ecological interests require an adaptive and integrative response. This will be the focus of the session. Facilitated by reflections on international cases, the audience will be challenged to join the discussion.

Organised by Flos Fleischer, Foundation ‘Het Blauwe Hart’, the Netherlands
Pieter den Besten, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands
Partners Rebuild by Design, USA
Dutch Society for Nature Conservation, the Netherlands
Chair Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Rapporteur Flos Fleischer, Foundation ‘Het Blauwe Hart’, the Netherlands
Presentations

Film presentation and short introductions on the challenges in the IJsselmeer region:
Peter Heij, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands
Marc van den Tweel, Dutch Society for Nature Conservation, the Netherlands
Leen Verbeek, Metropolitan Delta Association, the Netherlands
Ingwer de Boer, special advisor of Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands

Reflection based on experiences of the Rebuild by Design programme (New York, USA)
Amy Chester, Managing Director Rebuild by Design, USA

Lake Taihu (China): balancing ecology and economy
Zhu Wei, Deputy Director General of Taihu Basin Authorities, China

HOSTS OF THE CONFERENCE