Historically, socio-economic activities in the Netherlands have been mainly concentrated in the estuaries of the Rhine and Meuse rivers. The urban sprawl resulting from this activity is currently the home to a large share of the Dutch economic productivity, not to mention its population. In an area so close to the North Sea and with such socio-economic importance, coastal protection is a prime requirement. For centuries, the general principle of coastal protection in the Netherlands was building embankments to protect areas in danger of flooding from the sea.
|Title of host publication||The Sand Motor: A Nature-based Response to Climate Change|
|Subtitle of host publication||Findings and Reflections of the Interdisciplinary Research Program NatureCoast|
|Editors||Arjen Luijendijk, Alexander van Oudenhoven|
|Publisher||Delft University Press|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|