The Dutch water and infrastructure sector is known globally for its excellent water expertise, hands-on mentality, innovative technologies and capacity for handling global water challenges.
Breakthrough water innovation is at the heart of climate adaptation, but also fundamental for food security, bio diverse ecosystems, liveable cities, and sustainable consumption and production. By making the large investments that are needed financeable, we intend to make Dutch water and infra innovations accessible on a global scale.
Delta technologies and eco-engineering techniques like ‘building with nature’ offer solutions for more resilience and reduce risk to water related disasters. Innovations in IoT, data and modelling tools, and software provide engineering solutions (dredging, smart dykes, sluices, mangrove restoration) to better handle the impact of water in coastal and urban areas but also across river basins.
For the operation and maintenance of water infrastructure, sophisticated data and modelling tools can support early warning systems that safeguard communities and economies from flooding.
“Deploying nature-based solutions that both reduce flooding risks and contribute to the biodiversity of eco-systems are a great example of Dutch water innovation.”
By investing in water-use efficiency and water waste management the burden on scarce freshwater systems can be reduced while improving access to equitable and safe water for all. Innovative Dutch solutions, such as wastewater treatment, technologies to reduce discharge of pollutants or effective groundwater techniques, are already used across businesses and industries in many countries. Or think about how soil moisture sensors can improve precision farming techniques and efficient irrigation that will optimize agricultural yields while using less water and manage groundwater systems.
Financing or developing projects in the field of innovative solutions for water challenges almost always involves private-public cooperation. We can partner with governments through our development funds and at the same time bring together private consortia that are able to offer an integrated approach and scalable solutions. By means of these kinds of partnerships we can make the large investments that are needed financeable.