Fresh water and water quality

How do you make sure there is enough water now and in the future? Sea level rises, silting up of the land, changed land use and an increasing demand for water creates a mismatch between the demand for water and water availability. To make sure there is enough water in a certain area at all times, you can import water externally. This is not always sustainable. You can also try to retain surplus water and use it later when water is scarce.


The research programme Knowledge for Climate studied water quality together with stakeholders to ensure a sustainable water supply. This resulted in several spin-offs such as the Water buffer and GO-FRESH.

Knowledge valorisation

Valorisation of climate knowledge was a central theme in all Knowledge for Climate project. With respect to fresh water researchers have studied valorisation of promising solutions for a robust and sustainable water supply. Researchers looked into how local measures can increase fresh water availability for agriculture in the South West Delta.

The Water buffer foundation

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The Water buffer foundation was founded on 23 October 2012 to stimulate application of subterranean retention of fresh water to add to existing measures for water supply in agriculture. The foundation aimed at getting the solutions for water retention higher on the political agenda.

Knowledge for Climate TV: Water buffer

Digital manual ORAS Peat meadows

The digital manual for Options of Regional Adaptation Strategies (ORAS) for the Peat meadow areas facilitates policy makers in recognizing bottlenecks in the Dutch peat meadows as a result of climate change.

Knowledge for Climate TV: Green blue algae


  • Rotterdam Region 
  • South-West Netherlands Delta
  • Haaglanden Region

    Adjacent projects

  • Deltaportaal (Deltaprogramma)
  • Leven met Zout(Topsector)
  • Consortium Partners

    Consortium Partners theme 2