Monitoring and evaluation of the Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation

In 2014, the aggregate Dutch governments collectively agreed on the goal of making the Netherlands as climate-proof and water-resilient as possible by 2050. This goal was set down in the Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation and elaborated into seven ambitions with specific short-term and long-term commitments. In the Delta Programme, the agreements are monitored and if need be, adjusted annually.

What is the purpose of this monitoring?

The ultimate goal of this annual monitoring under the Delta Programme is to make the Netherlands climate-proof and water-resilient by 2050. This can only be accomplished by collectively developing and carrying out efficient plans, and by making agreements to that effect. And by subsequently monitoring such agreements. Such annual monitoring will generate a proper picture of the progress made, enabling the adjustment of interim goals if so required.

Every year, we once again check what agreements have been made and whether they need adjusting. This is effected via 42 working regions, which set down their own ambitions and policies, and implement measures in their own area. The seven ambitions are:

  • Mapping out vulnerabilities
  • Conducting risk dialogues
  • Drawing up implementation agendas
  • Capitalising on linkage opportunities
  • Regulating and embedding
  • Promotion and facilitation
  • Responding to calamities

Each working region falls under one of the seven Regional Consultative Bodies. Once a year, the Delta Programme requests each Regional Consultative Body to answer a number of questions.

Sample questions

These are examples of control questions to be answered by Regional Consultative Bodies once a year:

  1. Have stress tests been conducted in all the municipalities?
  2. Have risk dialogues been conducted?
  3. Has an adaptation strategy been set down?
  4. Has an implementation agenda been set down?
  5. Are the organisations involved factoring in the potential impact of climate change? For example, in the management of sewer systems, public spaces, and greenery?
  6. Is the potential impact of climate change taken into account in the development of new plans? For example, with respect to housing, the public space, infrastructure, and the energy transition?
  7. Has spatial adaptation and mitigation of the impact of climate change been embedded in current policy?
  8. Has the past year seen damage caused by waterlogging, heat, drought, or urban flooding?
  9. Which of the propositions below applies/apply to the working region?
  • There is sufficient knowledge to adapt the spatial planning to the changing climate;
  • There is sufficient manpower in the field of climate adaptation;
  • There are sufficient funds for climate adaptation;
  • Private parties are generally prepared to take adaptation measures.

Where will the results be published?

The results of this annual evaluation will be presented in the next Delta Programme. The new Delta Programme is published every year on Prinsjesdag, the state opening of Parliament in September.