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Reducing the risk of water related disasters

Many countries around the world face severe water threats and due to climate change and a fast growing world population, these threats are becoming even more urgent. Therefore, these countries are often in urgent need of expert advice on how to prevent a disaster, oron how to recover from a calamity. For instance, when a country has been struck by severe floodings and the first emergency relief workers have left, the need for advise on how to build a sustainable and safer water future arises. To meet these needs with a swift response, the Dutch government has initiated the Dutch Risk Reduction Team (DRR-Team). This team of experts advises governments free of charge on how toresolve urgent water issues related  to flood risks, water pollution and water supply. Furthermore, it gives advice on how to prevent calamities or to rebuild after water related disasters.

As a country renowned for its expertise on water and delta management, the Netherlands feels a responsibility to share its knowledge worldwide. That is exactly what the DRR-Team does: it shares expertise with governments in order to find the best possible solution to tackle urgent water issues. Because of the unique cooperation between the government and the private sector, the best experts can be fielded quickly. The Dutch government offers a specific number of advisory missions each year.

The Netherlands has brought its best water experts together in the Dutch Risk Reduction Team. The Dutch are experts in adapting to water in a changing world; from delta management to water technology, from urban planning to governance, and from public-private partnerships to financial engineering. The DRR-Team consists of high level advisors supported by a broad base of technical experts, who can provide top quality and tailor-made expertise to governments that are confronted with severe and urgent water challenges.

More information

Foreign governments can request support of the DRR-Team. Please contact the Embassy of the Netherlands in your country, for more information and to request a DRR-Team.

You can also consult our flyer or check our infographic for facts and figures about the programme.

Mission reports


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