This portal helps you embark on spatial adaptation right away. The following tools are at your disposal:

  1. A “climate stress test” enables you to identify the locations in your area that are prone to urban flooding, waterlogging, drought, or heat. This will give you a clear picture of the issues that a local adaptation strategy needs to address. The Stress Test Light Manual enables you to simply conduct an initial exploration into potentially vulnerable locations in your area. An exploration in accordance with this manual counts as a “standardised stress test”, which all governments must have conducted by the end of 2019 as stipulated in the Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation. In addition, (in-depth) stress tests are offered by several parties in the Netherlands.

  2. Climate Impact Atlas. Enter the name of a municipality into the Climate Impact Atlas, and browse the various maps pertaining to flood risks, drought, heat stress, and pluvial flooding. You may download the data (PDF); the underlying GIS data is provided upon request.

  3. In addition to the stress test guide, various parties have developed a range of tools over recent years that support spatial adaptation. The tools page shows an overview of the tools available. Use the filter to quickly find the tools that are relevant to your goals.
  4. Would you like to see some examples of climate adaptation projects? Then go to the map of showcases. The map provides an overview of locations in the Netherlands that are engaged in spatial adaptation. Are you involved in a spatial adaptation project? Let us know and we will tag the project on the map of showcases.
  5. The portal also offers a “Guide to Spatial Adaptation”. This guide assists you in climate-proofing and improving the water resilience of your area. The guide, comprising the steps of Analysis, Ambition, and Action, is intended as a practical aid to adaptation: for example, in the management of public spaces, selecting locations for new developments or infrastructure, granting of permits, and investment decisions. There is no fixed order in which to complete the Analysis – Ambition – Action steps. Some projects commence by formulating an ambition, others first conduct a problem analysis. In some cases, a spatial planning vision or plan is the immediate reason for setting up a project.


Analyse your area




Formulating your ambition

Objectives and challenges



Policy and implementation

Policy Assurance


The Spatial Adaptation Incentive Programme aims to ensure that climate-proof and water-resilient planning will be common practice by as early as 2020, so that the Netherlands will indeed be climate-proof by 2050. To achieve this goal, the incentive programme supports governments, interest groups, NGOs, and private parties in the integration of water and climate into spatial (re)developments. The programme shares experience and knowledge from all parties involved, among other ways by organising theme meetings. Furthermore, the incentive programme invests in impact projects, Living Labs, and regional meetings on climate stress tests.

This page provides access to efficient, commonly used tools. We make an effort to continuously keep this page up to date, and provide access to the best information available. If you have any suggestions regarding improvements, please use the contact form to contact us.