——2009 - 2015 National Water Plan
In the last decade, the Fourth National Policy Document on Water Management (Vierde Nota waterhuishouding), the Water Management in the 21st Century Advisory Committee (Commissie Waterbeheer 21e eeuw) and the National Administrative Agreement on Water (Nationaal Bestuursakkoord Water) represented an important impulse for water management. With this first National Water Plan, which is also a framework vision based on the Water Act (Waterwet) and the Spatial Planning Act (Wet ruimtelijke ordening) and which was drafted for the 2009-2015 planning period, we are entering a new phase. Because we want future generations to be able to enjoy the Netherlands as a safe and affluent land of water, we have to find answers now to developments in climate, demography and economy, and invest in sustainable water management. Effective flood defences, the prevention of flooding and waterlogging and drought wherever possible, and good water quality are basic preconditions for prosperity and well-being. These are achievements that the Netherlands owes, in large measure, to water, to its favourable location and to the excellent supply of freshwater. The Netherlands, an attractive country with an abundance of water and high levels of safety, contributes positively towards the quality of the living environment and the conservation of biodiversity. Water is wonderful and the Dutch love it. The aim is crystal clear: the Netherlands, a safe and liveable delta, now and in the future.