Policy and programmes

The Dutch government is promoting and supporting climate adaptation in a variety of ways. Two documents constitute an important basis in this respect: the National Climate Adaptation Strategy (NAS, 2016) (pdf, 14 MB) and the Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation (Delta Plan SA, 2018) (pdf, 20 MB).

National Climate Adaptation Strategy

Nationale Adaptatie Strategie 2016

The NAS maps out all the climate effects, liaises between the parties involved, and promotes a collective approach. The NAS implementation programme covers the years of 2018 and 2019. Even before the NAS implementation programme was published, many climate adaptation efforts had been initiated. More information is provided in the NAS News Flash and on the “News & Agenda” page.

Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation

Deltaplan Ruimtelijke Adaptatie

The Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation is a collective plan drawn up by municipalities, district water boards, provinces, and the national government. It expedites and intensifies the combat of waterlogging, heat stress, drought, and the impact of urban flooding. The Delta Plan is structured on the basis of seven ambitions. Read the special edition of Delta News to find out more about its reasons and background.

Climate adaptation is being expedited and supported in a wide variety of ways, under various programmes and initiatives. Click on the tiles for more information.

Promoting and facilitating

Stimuleren en faciliteren

The national government is promoting and facilitating climate adaptation. Several programmes have been set up.

Climate-proof Together

Samen klimaatbestendig

The Climate-proof Together team helps you acquire practical knowledge and experience.

NKWK Climate-proof Cities


The Climate-proof City focus area fosters knowledge development and knowledge dissemination.

Global Centre on Climate Adaptation

Global center

Global top knowledge centre, providing knowledge and advisory support in the field of climate adaptation.

Vital and vulnerable functions


A flood will disrupt society, if essential facilities are damaged.

Monitoring and evaluation

Monitoring en evaluatie

Monitoring progress and learning from one another, timely identifying developments and obstacles.

International perspective

International perspective

Climate change does not stop at the border. For that reason, international coordination of climate adaptation efforts is important.