A gathering of global minds: international symposium on adaptive management of urbanised deltas

Published on: 6 November 2023, 10:00 hrs - Latest update: 14 May 2024, 08:45 hrs

As the world faces mounting challenges due to climate change, Rijkswaterstaat is organising an invitation-only symposium in the city of Delft that will bring together thought leaders and experts to discuss these pressing issues. Taking place from 1 to 3 November 2023, this exclusive event will see international partners work together to address the shared environmental challenges of our time.

Rijkswaterstaat: Bridging centuries of experience with modern challenges

Starting on 1 November, participants can look forward to a day packed with insights from renowned speakers. These experts will highlight the urgency of addressing challenges such as adapting our infrastructure, coastal regions and urban environments in response to the dynamic shifts in climate and societal conditions. 

After 225 years, Rijkswaterstaat is looking for new perspectives to manage its future assets. The afternoon sessions will focus on specific issues, enabling a deeper understanding and discussion with our international partners.

Tackling the effects of climate change: Symposium highlights and agenda

The Symposium is designed to promote in-depth discussions and workshops over three days, addressing pressing issues facing urbanised deltas. Topics to be discussed include extreme river events, resilient coasts, implementation of asset management systems and many more. 

The second day offers a hands-on experience with themed field visits led by Dutch experts. These excursions to places such as Amsterdam, the Maeslantkering and the Room for the River projects will provide tangible insights into real-world challenges and solutions. 

The third and final day will focus on feedback and agenda setting, with the aim of drawing conclusions from the accumulated knowledge and experience and promoting actionable outcomes for climate adaptation.

At a time when climate change is impacting our infrastructure and ecosystems, this symposium aims to come up with collaborative solutions to ensure a better, more resilient future for all.