The Netherlands is a low-lying country, where about 27% of land is located below mean sea level and 55% is prone to flooding. Innovative and flexible design approaches have been developed to protect people, nature, and the economy in such a vulnerable delta from risks such as flooding, droughts, erosion, salinity intrusion, and climate change. Dutch organizations, companies, and institutions bring a wealth of learning and tools applicable for building resilient and flexible water management in the Asia and Pacific context.
The Government of the Netherlands has been supporting water resilience initiatives in the Asia and the Pacific in
collaboration with ADB since 2006. Through the Netherlands Trust Fund, the government has been the biggest contributor to ADB’s Water Financing Partnership Facility—accounting for 34% of total committed contributions to date from financing partners. The Facility strengthens water and sanitation development outcomes across Asia and the Pacific. It has catalyzed more than $9.5 billion in innovative and sustainable water investment to benefit 122 million people in the region.
Cooperating partners also support adaptation outcomes in the water sector that contribute to enhancing water resilience in Asia and the Pacific. The Netherlands Water Partnership, a network of Dutch water organizations working worldwide, has collaborated with ADB since 2012 to convene the annual Asia-Netherlands Learning Week—focused on exchanging knowledge and developing networks to meet water challenges in the region.
Trusted Netherlands-based players in the water resilience space available to advise, support, and engage with water entities and development projects in Asia and the Pacific include:
An independent institute for applied research in water, Deltares works on smart solutions, innovations, and applications for people, the environment, and society. With a focus on future deltas, sustainable deltas, safe deltas, and resilient infrastructure in contributing to international agendas, Deltares works closely with governments, businesses, other research institutes, universities, and nongovernment organizations.
IHE Delft Institute for Water Education—the world’s largest international graduate water education facility—aims to create ground-level impact by developing problem-responsive research and knowledge. The Institute works to strengthen the knowledge and capacity base of ministries and water sector organizations in the Asia and Pacific by implementing on-the-job training for water professionals, creating water education networks, implementing joint research, providing policy advice and e-learning, and participating in innovative projects.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) is a government institution designed to help entrepreneurs and organizations to invest, develop, and expand their businesses and projects in the Netherlands and around the world, aligning with the Netherlands government economic affairs and climate policies. RVO assists nongovernment organizations, knowledge institutes, policy makers, and other organizations by sharing knowledge, developing collaborations, and providing funding and networks.