Connecting Delta Cities


New York business trip after Sandy, blog entry by Arnoud Molenaar.


In October 2012 Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New York and New Jersey, causing widespread damage. The New York Mayor's Office has to deliver a climate adaptation strategy by the end of May to prevent similar disasters in the future. At the request of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, I attended a mini-symposium, held on 4 and 5 March, which was to aid in drafting this strategy.  In Rotterdam, we have already been working for a few years on a climate adaptation programme, called Rotterdam Climate Proof. The knowledge and experience we have gained thus far may serve as inspiration for New York and create business opportunities for companies in the Rotterdam region.

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Webblog: Georgia Rubenstein - Thursday March 14, 2013 Rotterdam + RDM


As we’ve traveled around the Netherlands over the past few days, we’ve seen countless examples of the Dutch innovating, managing, and planning their way out of their country’s great water challenges – and turning a problem into an opportunity. Water is both friend and foe, simultaneously providing and threatening to destroy transportation channels, rich agricultural areas, and land that many people call home. The city of Rotterdam, characterized by its fifty-kilometer port, modern urban landscape, and relatively large population, has a unique set of water challenges. But, as we’ve seen time and again in the Netherlands, through addressing these challenges Rotterdam is finding new opportunities for economic growth and improving the lives of its citizens.

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