First steps taken on improving the lives of at least 200,000 farmers on East Java
Evidence proves that underground freshwater storage works
Approval of recommendations by Delta Commissioner for robust freshwater supplies, second phase launched
Delta areas throughout the world are increasingly faced by pressing shortages of fresh water. The over-exploitation of fresh groundwater stocks, climate change and sea-level rise are leading to problems with dryness in nature areas, salinisation and land subsidence. So there are more than enough reasons to establish reserves for dealing with freshwater shortages in the future. Deltares is making a contribution by supplying smart solutions that will safeguard adequate, top-quality, freshwater supplies for agriculture and drinking water that will be available at the right time. We have also identified promising solutions by establishing a picture of the impact that measures have on water supplies, water distribution and water demand for the Freshwater Delta Decision. The knowledge we have acquired in the Netherlands is increasingly making its way to other countries, including Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam.
We are well on our way to developing a range of instruments to provide even better forecasts of drought and water shortages. We specifically want to develop solutions for those shortages, for instance by using satellite data.