- Size : > 50 km²
- Type : natural
- Client : Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management
- English Title : Room for the river (NL)
- Type Of Study Area : Other
- Form Of Publication : Online Publication
- Legislative Framework : The area available for the rivers has decreased continually during the past centuries. The rivers are confined by increasingly higher dikes and more and more people live behind the dikes.
At the same time the land behind the dikes has sunk due to settlement (soil subsidence). In addition, since it now rains harder and more frequently the rivers need to discharge a continually increasing volume of water. In the most unfavourable situation a dike breach could put 4 million Dutch citizens in danger.
For this reason the government is implementing measures to increase safety by protecting the rivers region from future floods. The rivers will be given more room at a total of 39 locations. These measures jointly comprise the Room for the River Programme. In addition to safety, the Room for the River Programme is investing in environmental quality: the rivers region is being made more attractive and appealing. The region will offer more room to nature and recreation.
- Preparation : 1990
- Approval : 1995
- Reason/Motivation For Preparing The Plan : Legal Requirement
- Main Land Use Issues Dealt With : Water Management
- Main Planning Scale : > 1:10000
- Status Of Plan : Preparatory for Further Plans
- Location : Arnhem, NL
- Other Planning Agencies/Bodies Involved : A total of 17 partners carry out the plans within this programme: provinces, municipalities, water boards and Rijkswaterstaat are cooperating in the implementation of the Room for the River Programme.
- Image Title : Principles for creating room for the river
- Image Desc : Page from factsheet on the programme Room for the River (The Netherlands)
National programme for planning, design and construction of river beds and flood areas.