Conference Excursion

Living with Water – Exploring Dutch Polders, Dikes, and Canals

Long ago, the Dutch were stupid enough to start living in the middle of the North sea. Ever since we have to deal with this. But we succeeded!! (so far).  However, living in the Delta with a substantial number of people is still a challenge. Both infrastructural and technological measures are required to allow the Dutch to continue  living in the low lands. In this excursion we will touch upon these. We plan to get around by bus and familiarize you with the way the Dutch have tried to use the abundance of water to keep enemies out (unsuccessfully), how flood risks are reduced by creating retention areas which are combined with initiatives concerning the renaturation of river bed. First we will visit the  Dutch Waterline Museum and next go for a guided tour to the Blauwe Kamer nature restoration project. We plan to continue our trip with short side visits to the Beatrix sluices and/or Hagestein Weir and will conclude our trip by tasting some nice beers in one of the old fortresses of the Dutch water defense line.

When: Sunday, November 4th from 10.15 AM to 6.00 PM.

Costs: 45 Euros, including lunch and refreshments.

Please note that there is a minimum of 15 participants. You will be partly refunded if we have more participants. With 50 participants costs will be about 35 Euros.

Registration for the conference excursion is closed. Please contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list. 

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Please complete your registration and payment by the 3th of October. We can only organise the excursion if we have at least 15 participants. We have to inform the buscompany early October.