Private parties

There is a growing demand for climate-neutral and climate-adaptive development of built-up environments. You – as a private party – can respond to this demand. By taking measures now, we can increase the appeal of our cities and villages, while preventing major damage in the future. Furthermore, many measures are cost-effective, provided they are incorporated at an early stage of the process. The following tools are available to you:

  1. Guide to spatial adaptation. This guide, comprising the steps of Analysis, Ambition, and Action, is intended as a practical aid to the climate-proof and water-resilient planning of your area. For example, the guide can assist you in the management of public spaces, selecting locations for new developments or infrastructure, granting of permits, and investment decisions.
  2. Climate Impact Atlas. Upon entering the name of a municipality into the Climate Impact Atlas, you can browse the various maps pertaining to flood risks, drought, heat stress, and pluvial flooding. You may download the data (PDF); the Spatial Adaptation Helpdesk will provide the GIS data upon request.
  3. Stress test guide (pdf, 379 kB). The Stress Test Guide helps you set up and conduct research into the climate resilience of built-up areas, and into potential measures for adapting the living environment to the changing climate.
  4. Are you looking for examples of climate adaptation measures? View the many examples on the Green-Blue Grids and use the climate app to examine which measures are appropriate for your situation or area. The Book of Showcases (pdf, 8.5 MB) provides a few examples of possibilities for climate-proof restructuring of residential streets. The Rainproof website provides tips for rain-proofing a street, square, park, or neighbourhood
  5. Would you like to see 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 knowand we will tag the project on the map of showcases.

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 continuously to 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.