Promoting and facilitating

Climate-proofing the Netherlands and embedding climate-resilient action into policies and working processes poses quite a challenge. Climate-proof spatial planning requires efforts from a wide range of public and private partners. Spatial adaptation must become a matter of course when planning physical interventions in urban or rural areas. The Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation is fostering this goal under its “Promotion and Facilitation” ambition. This ambition has been translated into the Spatial Adaptation Incentive Programme. In order to give impetus to the efforts, it is essential for the available knowledge, tools, and experience to be shared on as wide a scale as possible. This obviates the need for everyone to re-invent the wheel and encourages parties to do their part.

In November 2018, the Administrative Agreement on Climate Adaptation was signed. This contains agreements on the funding of implementation projects from 2021 onward. The Administrative Agreement also reconfirms that by the end of 2020, municipalities, district water boards, and provinces must have compiled a nationwide picture of the taskings and measures by means of stress tests, risk dialogues, and implementation agendas. This process allows the municipalities, district water boards, and provinces to select effective measures for their tasking, thus enabling them to realise a climate-proof and water-resilient environment.

The Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management has set additional funds aside to support this process: a total of EUR 20 million for 2019 and 2020. This sum is supplementary to the ongoing incentive programme and will be used for:

  • Providing process support to local and regional governments in the purview of conducting stress tests and risk dialogues, and of drawing up implementation agendas;
  • Pilot studies in the form of implementation projects and the “financial incentives for climate adaptation” pilots;
  • Developing and sharing knowledge: for example, knowledge development by the Climate-proof Cities section of the Water and Climate Knowledge and Innovation Programme, and knowledge sharing through this Spatial Adaptation Knowledge Portal and the Climate-proof Together platform.

Who qualifies for the support?

Municipalities, provinces, and district water boards may apply – individually or collectively – for a grant to support the process or a pilot project in 2019 and 2020. Depending on the phase your organisation is in, you qualify for one or more of these instruments. More information on the instruments, (selection) criteria, and the procedure is provided below.

Available instruments

  1. Regional impetus process support: this scheme is intended to support governments during the process, from stress test up to and including implementation agenda. The deadline for applications for process support closed on 1 April 2019.
  2. Implementation project pilots:in 2019 and 2020, support will be provided to a limited number of implementation projects set up by regions or governments that have compiled a (nearly) full picture of their adaptation taskings, or which are demonstrably faced with urgent issues.
  3. Financial incentives pilots: in 2019 and 2020, budget is available for eight “financial incentives for climate adaptation” pilots.

Overview of ongoing incentive programme activities

The following instruments and activities will be continued under the ongoing 2015-2022 Incentive Programme:


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