Man-made Lowlands; A future for ancient dykes in the Netherlands

Thousands of kilometers of dikes protect the Dutch from floading

Thousands of kilometers of dikes protect the Dutch from floading

Two third of the Dutch live below sealevel. And because we want to keep our feet dry, we have a lot of dykes.

  • in the reclamation of peatland and marshlan
  • as coastal embankments
  • to enclose polders and flank rivers

But how do we treat them correctly?

They are icons that reflect our age-old engagement with water.To this day dykes continue to protect large parts of our country from flooding by river or sea. They are defining features of the landscape.

Because of climate change, many of these dykes are being reinforced to withstand higher water levels than ever before. And there is growing pressure on the cultural heritage value of old dykes that have lost their water-defence function.

  • What makes a dyke special?
  • Can local authorities ensure that the dyke has been treated correctly?

This report gives answers on these and a lot of frequently asked questions.

 

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