Jade Hochschule in Alblasserwaard-Vijfheerenlanden

17 April 2019 - Published by Edward Sterenborg
The Jade Hochschule (Oldenburg) was a guest in the Alblasserwaard on 21 February. For this visit, the Jade Hochschule brought their stakeholders (including water board, municipality, Technisches Hilfwerk, Red Cross) to offer them the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with the stakeholders of the Alblasserwaard-Vijfheerenlanden. The visit took place in Kinderdijk, where they were guests at the World Heritage Kinderdijk Foundation. Director Cees van Vliet explained that they were in a special place in South Holland with regard to water safety and water management.

Lucy Smeets, project leader FRAMES Alblasserwaard and Vijfheerenlanden pilot, subsequently gave an explanation of the history of the Alblasserwaard and Vijfheerenlanden and the challenges this entails for water safety and the application of the multi-layer safety concept. During a walk from the river the Lek, across the dike to the windmills, the guests were given further explanation about the area and had the opportunity to talk to representatives of the Province of South Holland , water board Rivierenland and the Ministry of Defence.


Evacuation and traffic problems

In the afternoon we got acquainted with the challenges the Wesermarsch is facing. On the basis of two subjects, evacuation and traffic problems, the guests entered into discussions with fellow stakeholders from the Alblasserwaard-Vijfheerenlanden.


In addition to the province and water board, representatives from the municipality of Vijfheerenlanden, Oasen (drinking water company) and the Zuid-Holland-Zuid (South Holland South) safety region were also present. Lively conversations quickly arose in small groups about the differences and similarities of the approaches in both areas. Awareness of water challenges is an issue in both areas, not only among the population, but also among government agencies and specific institutions and companies.


The participants agreed that a project such as FRAMES helps to raise awareness. But everyone also realizes that at the end of the project it is not possible to have ensured complete knowledge about safety against flooding. .


On Friday, the group was  guest at the Maeslantkering. The Maeslantkering is a flood barrier which protects the port of Rotterdam. There they received an explanation about the flood barriers along the North Sea and water management and safety policy in the Netherlands.

- Newsitem on website of Niedersachsen (in German)