Waterfronts NL Spring 2013 Newsletter

After Superstorm Sandy brought flood prevention to the world’s attention in 2012, this year Waterfronts NL is focusing two newsletters on this topic to highlight examples of our Dutch expertise which can help governments, developers, and communities prevent flooding. This Spring 2013 newsletter focuses on flood prevention along rivers.

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Focus on Flood Prevention Part I: Rivers

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The Netherlands is considered to be among the most threatened countries against global sea rise, and we have been continuously planning and building against this for decades. More

Poznan Development Strategy for the Warta River, Poland

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This project addresses two fundamental issues: a decrease in water safety (and increase in flooding), and the lost relationship between the city of 600,000 residents and the river. More

STAR-FLOOD, Strengthening & Redesigning European Flood Risk

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While building, reinforcing, and maintaining flood defence works is essential, this project seeks to understand sustained flood prevention, examining multiple strategies and linking them. More

A New Riverfront for Veessen, The Netherlands

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This project is an example of a quickscan assessment, where expertise in waterfront projects can be used efficiently in a cost-effective manner for projects of all scales and sizes. More


Wuhan Learns from Dutch Expertise

A delegation of representatives from the Wuhan Urban Land Use and Spatial Planning Research Centre in China followed a training program to learn about Waterfronts NL’s particularly Dutch approach to integrated water planning. The Wuhan delegation also visited the Waterfronts NL Information Centre in Lelystad, which brings together Dutch expertise on global waterfront development challenges.

The delegation was hosted by Waterfronts NL founding member KuiperCompagnons for ten days. The programme included presentations, workshops, and visiting Dutch waterfront projects to see theory in action. The purpose of the 10-day training course was to provide insight for the Chinese urban and regional planners into the uniquely Dutch way of planning and design, where water management plays a central role. For more information, please view our blog.

Waterfronts NL's Website is Global

Since its launch in September 2011, Waterfronts NL’s website and blog have received visits from over 120 countries worldwide. This diversity reflects the decades of international experience of our partner companies, as well as the worldwide reputation of Dutch waterfront expertise.

Recent improvements to our website include a re-vamped About Us section, as well as a new Process & Services section, available in English, Dutch, and Chinese.

Seijsener Joins Waterfronts NL as a Supplier

Waterfronts NL participants have been working with Seijsener Recreation Technique for decades as the supplier of Lelystad’s Batavia Harbour (with Royal HaskoningDHV as design lead) and more recently Bruinisse’s Marina Expansion (with Grontmij as design and construction lead). We are therefore very pleased that Seijsener is joining Waterfronts NL as one of our official suppliers.

Seijesener is Europe’s market leader in the field of infrastructural marina equipment and has been designing and fitting out campsites, bungalow parks and yacht marinas for more than thirty-five years. For more information, please view our suppliers section.

Waterfronts NL Presents

Waterfronts NL participants Grontmij, RHDHV, KC & WA have been asked to deliver a Strategic Vision for the Future of Water Sport Industrial Areas for the Yacht Valley Partners, a coalition of 6 municipalities in Holland, France, Belgium, and the UK. As a first stage of the project, in April 2013 the Dutch city of Vlissingen (one of the 6 partners) held an expert meeting to explore the case study of Vlissingen. Waterfronts NL Participants presented on opportunities for recreational, residential, commercial, and industrial uses along the waterfront, including existing capacity, demand, and market trends for the area.

For information on how waterfronts are developed, please view our new services section.