City of Dordrecht (NL)

Location: Wantij zone, Dordrecht, in the Rhine-Meuse estuary, the Netherlands

Case study lead: Rijkswaterstaat - Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement

Constituent systems: Catchment, city, (green) infrastructure networks and coast

The Wantij is a major blue-green corridor in Dordrecht and forms part of the River as a Tidal Park XL. The city has planned a large-scale but step-wise urban transformation project along this river (3.000 houses in the next 15 years). Transforming the Wantij into a thriving green and industrial (heritage) zone and enhancing its natural value will improve its attractiveness for living, working and recreation as well as the river's ecological quality. Many of these developments are located outside of the embanked areas (i.e. being protected by dikes). Yet, the probability of flooding is very low due to the high elevations, and the Wantij zone has even been identified as a sheltering site during a major flood, from which relief and reconstruction could be started. In this case study, we will co-create the vision for the transformation of the Wantij zone and explore the multiple benefits that the developments provide in terms of attractiveness, ecological quality and resilience to major floods.
This case will involve sectors such as flood risk management and urban planning. Stakeholders will include local authorities, general public, infrastructure providers and various interest groups.

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