In what way is there cooperation within the Delta Programme?

The Delta Programme is a national programme implemented by the government in cooperation with the provinces, municipalities and water boards. The business community, citizens, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations also provide input. 

The water boards are essential for the implementation of (regional) water management and for the management and maintenance of our dikes and coastal dunes. Provincial and local authorities are important for spatial planning and area development. That is why the government, provinces and water boards work together in the sub-programmes of the Delta Programme. Regional steering groups provide advice on decisions, strategies and measures as well as on opportunities for using an integrated approach.

We are all affected by water safety and the freshwater supply. The Dutch water system is a coherent system; for that reason, the Delta Programme must be implemented in a cohesive and integrated fashion. Integrated means that, wherever possible, key issues such as the natural environment, the economy and spatial quality need to be considered in the implementation of measures under the Delta Programme. Regional know-how and expertise is indispensable with regard to both the implementation of measures and the identification of key issues. In addition, spatial measures need to be effected in the municipalities and provinces.