Crosscutting planning instrument on national level (Inter-agency programmes)
#6: Crosscutting planning instrument on national level (Inter-agency programmes)
The crosscutting planning instrument is based on a joint effort of the central government, the provinces, municipal councils and regional water authorities, in close co-operation with social organizations and businesses.
The instrument aims to provide the basis for pragmatic decisions meant to be backed-up by financed projects to ensure implementation. It can have a specific focus on a water issues, e.g. water supplies or water quality. Normally, it needs to be complemented with other robust instruments to effectively contribute to solving a water-related challenge.
Example: The DELTA Program in the Netherlands
The DELTA Program is a cross-cutting planning instrument in the Netherlands. It was established to enhance the proection from flood risks and ensure the supply of freshwater in the country. It is an example of a flexible approach to , based on the data collected by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute. In 2011, a multi- dialogue, technical calculations and assumptions resulted in the definition of five priority areas for flood risks management and fresh water supply, which were effectively implemented starting from the following year. The priorities areas comprehend specific regional vulnerabilities regarding water level, standards for water safety, in the supply of freshwater and urban renewal with consideration to potential flooding and heat stress.