Topsoil and the Climate Initiative Northern Netherlands

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - Published by Jens Uvijn
On 17 October 2018 Groningen was the central stage regarding the theme of climate change adaptation. While former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opened the Global Centre on Adaptation, TOPSOIL partner Jan den Besten presented at the ensuing symposium.

The Global Centre on Adaptation works as a solution broker, bringing a range of stakeholders together to speed up the process of climate adaptation worldwide. The northern provinces of the Netherlands have joined forces in the Climate Initiative Northern Netherlands.

 

During the Climate Adaptation symposium, Jan den Besten, representing Water Authority Hunze en Aa’s and partner in TOPSOIL, presented the measures for flood control that have been implemented by his organization over the past 15 years. Climate and water are inseparable. The changes in precipitation, extreme rainfall, droughts and a rising sea-level all have impact on water management.   The research carried out under the TOPSOIL project on water quality and quantity in the catchment area of the Drentse Aa was also shared with a wide selection of experts and stakeholders during this session.

 

The audience of more than 150 experts and stakeholders can look back at an inspiring event, with valuable exchanges on the issues and challenges we face with the current climate extremes.

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