The Netherlands, 12-15 June 2017

The Dutch Coalition for Natural Climate Buffers is hosting a climate buffers study tour for natural site managers, project managers, nature conservation ecologists and policy makers, as well as government officials and landscape engineers. The study tour is an initiative of the Eurosite Wetlands and Climate Change working group and will be looking at nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation in the Netherlands.

The tour includes project visits where nature development, climate adaptation and water management objectives were jointly realised through robust integrated concepts, called ‘natural climate buffers’. Participants will learn about the hydro-ecological aspects of the projects and the socio-political experiences, both integral to the journey from the idea to realisation. The tour will focus mainly on the northern part of the Netherlands – visiting the major river basin of the River Rhine, the low-lying moors and peatlands, a regional river valley, and of course, the renown Wadden Sea.

The Natural Climate Buffers Coalition – comprising Natuurmonumenten, National Forest Service, ARK Nature, the Dutch branches of World Wildlife Fund and Birdlife International, the Wadden Sea Society, and the cooperating regional nature conservation organisations – has already implemented several natural climate buffer projects with tangible results.

The study tour will be an opportunity to learn how Dutch nature organisations have approached the challenges of managing the water levels and increased risks from floods and droughts exacerbated by climate change. Gradually, water authorities are being persuaded to integrate nature-based solutions into multi-functional projects, which, whilst meeting the climate change challenges, at the same time deliver a significant gain for nature and biodiversity. Participants will get a broader understanding of the Coalition’s partnerships, approaches, project implementation, funding, and sustaining the benefits of the climate buffers projects.

During the trip participants will have the opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences with colleagues and to translate the discussed examples to situations elsewhere in Europe based on their own, country-specific, views on what the innovative climate buffer solutions could be. In a concluding workshop the possibilities for European funding and twinning-like collaboration and transnational projects will be discussed.

Photo: © Natuurmonumenten / Geurt Besselink

EXTRA INFORMATION

1. Bring sturdy shoes or boots and swimsuits.
2. Please carefully note that you will have to book your first (12 June) and last (14 June) night accommodation in Amsterdam yourself! Group accommodation for the night during the trip (13 June) has been arranged by the organisation, including bedding and towels.

MONDAY, 12 JUNE 2017

Laranja Hall



18:00 Official introduction evening to the study tour, including dinner.
Venue: Laranja Hall, De Hortus, Plantage Middenlaan 2a, 1018 DD Amsterdam

TUESDAY, 13 JUNE 2017

National Park Dwingelderveld



08:00 Departure by bus
Meeting point: In front of the Amsterdam Central Station

First stop is the project Vreugderijkerwaard, an example of making room for water in the floodplain of the river IJssel, a downstream branch of the Rhine.
Speaker: Domonique Bokeloh, Ecologist, Natuurmonumenten

Second stop is National Park Dwingelderveld, an example of water retention, restoration of brook valleys and a natural sponge effect for floods and draught.
Speaker: Ruud Kreetz

Last stop is the historical waterworks models in the open-air museum the Waterloopbos in the Noordoostpolder. We will have a guided tour by a hydrodynamic expert and hear extraordinary stories about the waterworks. Natuurmonumenten is aiming to complete these ‘civil engineering monuments of the last century’ with new scale models of nature-based climate buffers of the 21st century. The waterworks comprises models of more than 30 major works from around the world, from the Dutch Delta Works to the port of Bangkok. Next to that there is some beautiful nature in the area.

Overnight stay at the Hunehuis, Hunebeddenweg 1 in Darp.

WEDNESDAY 14 JUNE 2017

The Onlanden



08:30 Departure by bus

First stop is the ‘Onlanden’ at the edge of the City of Groningen, which we will explore by bicycle. This is the Netherlands’ best (and largest) example of a natural water retention area.
Host: Natuurmonumenten

Lunch at the visitor centre.

The second project is the Koehoal near Harlingen, where we will visit natural tidal marshes at the edge of the Wadden Sea which are enlarged by capturing the sediments dredged from the harbour and ferry routes to Harlingen.
Speaker: Wadden Sea Association
Host: Chris Bakker

On the way back to Amsterdam we will have a drink at the future site of the artificial fish migration river in the Afsluitdijk, the artificial separation between the tidal Wadden Sea and the Lake IJsselmeer on the other side.
Host: Provincial Government Friesland

With good weather, a walk and/or a swim along the Castricum beach front, where we will have dinner as well, is possible.

THURSDAY, 15 JUNE 2017

08:30-15:00 Workshop
Venue: Laranja Hall, De Hortus, Plantage Middenlaan 2a, 1018 DD Amsterdam

The workshop will be a combination of plenary presentations and interactive sessions (working in groups). During the workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned from the study tour. Additionally, the workshop will be an opportunity to generate ideas for the possible joint projects and the possibilities for their funding; as well as to develop ideas for a possible thematic twinning on climate change adaptation measures.
EXTRA INFORMATION

1. Bring sturdy shoes or boots and swimsuits.
2. Please carefully note that you will have to book your first (12 June) and last (14 June) night accommodation in Amsterdam yourself! Group accommodation for the night during the trip (13 June) has been arranged by the organisation, including bedding and towels.











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Venue
Laranja Hall, De Hortus, Plantage Middenlaan 2a, 1018 DD Amsterdam

Extra information

1. Bring sturdy shoes or boots and swimsuits.
2. Please carefully note that you will have to book your first (12 June) and last (14 June) night accommodation in Amsterdam yourself! Group accommodation for the night during the trip (13 June) has been arranged by the organisation, including bedding and towels.