Why do we have a Delta Programme?

With the Delta Programme, we aim to protect our country against high water, now and in the future. Many aspects come into play here, involving  our living environment and the economy, as well as nature, agriculture and recreation.

The Netherlands is a low-lying, prosperous and densely populated delta, which is vulnerable to flooding. If something goes wrong, the impact will be enormous: fatalities, tens of billions of euros in losses and a disrupted society. Our delta is too valuable not to take the necessary precautions. In the past, we have been taken by surprise quite regularly because our safety measures were inadequate. Today, we are the best-protected delta in the world. We would like to keep it that way. The Delta Programme needs to ensure that we are not caught off guard again. In addition, the freshwater supply is important for our economy and this too must be secure in dry spells.