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Elizabeth van Dijl
In Dutch: Alterra/Deltares report finds that (in areas with sufficient space) broad green dikes are cheaper, safer and more beautiful than traditional dikes.
http://edepot.wur.nl/302530
Elizabeth van Dijl
In Dutch: The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency has published a report for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment on how to minimize casualties and societal disruption in case of a flood. Their results show that if limiting the number of casualties is the main objective, a two-tiered strategy would work best, with a focus on 1) strengthening dykes; 2) a different evacuation strategy, shifting from the current focus on preventive evacuation (which is not functional in case of unexpected flooding) to evacuation to e.g. high buildings. This means people have to be informed of where to go, and these locations have to be prepared as refuges.

In September of this year the Minister will present a new water safety strategy.
http://www.pbl.nl/sites/default/files/cms/publicaties/PBL_2014_Kleine-ka...
Elizabeth van Dijl
In Dutch: Dike reeves acknowledge lack of flood risk awareness among population. Minister Schultz announces regional campaigns to engage the people and increase their self-reliance.

http://www.waterforum.net/Nieuws/8005-Dijkgraven--bevolking-nog-niet-bew...
Shannon Cunniff
Shannon Cunniff During our recent trip I wondered about how aware the general citizenry were of the flood risk, the importance of high level of monitoring and maintenance. Also wondered if they had personal plans for coping.
Elizabeth van Dijl
New climate change scenarios for the Netherlands

On Monday 26 May Wilma Mansveld, State Secretary of the Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment, received the latest climate scenarios for the Netherlands (for 2050 and 2085) from the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

For a summary, see http://www.climatescenarios.nl/scenarios_summary/index.html.
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