Lingewaard Local Implementation Agenda
In February 2022, the municipality of Lingewaard adopted the Implementation Agenda for the Lingewaard Local Adaptation Strategy. Some noteworthy examples of measures set out in this Agenda: the municipality is going to set up a platform for the exchange of knowledge on crack formation in houses and establish greenery standards for housing development locations. This page tells you more about the measures that the municipality of Lingewaard is scheduling and how it intends to implement them
What does the Implementation Agenda entail?
The Implementation Agenda elaborates the Lingewaard Local Adaptation Strategy (LAS) for the five years ahead. The Implementation Agenda sets out the measures that the municipality intends to take, when, how much they will cost, and who will be doing what.
What measures will the municipality be taking?
In the Local Adaptation Strategy, the municipality distinguishes six project themes. For each of these themes, measures have been developed in collaboration with local residents, businesses, and other stakeholders. The table below presents some examples of the measures that the municipality intends to take. All the measures are listed in the Implementation Agenda.
|Project theme||Examples of measures|
|Heat on the map||
|Putting a stop to cracking||
|Attractive outdoor swimming water||
|Green Greener Greenest||
|Lingewaard climate awareness||
How much time and money will the measures require?
The municipality has calculated that up to 2026 it will need a total sum of 242,000 euros to carry out all the measures. The implementation of the Regional Rivierenland Adaptation Strategy (pdf, 14 MB) will require an additional 15,000 euros annually. In terms of staffing, the measures will require an additional 610 working hours annually, i.e., some 76 working days per annum. The Implementation Agenda does not specify any major investments for climate-proofing measures in the public space, as the stress test showed no need for urgent measures as yet. First of all, the municipality now intends to ensure that adaptation is embedded in all its plans and policies. Yet substantial efforts are already underway, for example, under the municipal sewerage plan. The image below shows an example of these efforts.
How does the municipality intend to organise the implementation?
The municipality is organising the implementation along four lines:
- Consultations in a Network Group: a group of representatives of various policy departments regularly confers on the progress and new developments.
- Consultations with the Rivierenland region: the municipality has also joined forces with the Rivierenland region. In this region, nine municipalities, the district water board, and the province are collaborating on adaptation under their collective adaptation strategy. Based on this Rivierenland Regional Adaptation Strategy (pdf) they have drawn up a collaboration agenda (pdf). The collaboration agenda and the local implementation agendas in the region can reinforce one another.
- Collaboration with stakeholders: many measures are carried out in collaboration with other stakeholders, such as bodies responsible for swimming water locations.
- Continuous improvement: the municipality has adopted the Plan – Do – Check – Act method, i.e., a method that helps to monitor progress in the measures, to learn, and to improve.
What are the next steps?
Every five or six years, the municipality will conduct a new stress test and draw up a new implementation agenda.
Lessons to be learned
Two lessons can be learned from the municipality of Lingewaard:
- Incorporate adaptation staff in the strategy and in the implementation agenda. Indicate from the very start that staff will be needed to man the new policy domain of climate adaptation. Link the required staffing funds to the adoption of the LAS and of the implementation agenda.
- Consider the best budget for climate adaptation investments and costs. They could be included in the LAS Implementation Agenda, or rather in other appropriate policy plans, such as a Municipal Water Taskings Plan or the greenery policy.
Kees de Jong