Part of the GRC EU Climate Innovations Study Tour, participants visited the city of Amsterdam. Paulien Hartog, Strategic Advisor at Waternet provided an overview of the Netherlands and Amsterdam climate planning and water management strategy, which was followed by a series of short presentations on Amsterdam’s water management initiatives. Camiel van Drimmelen, Chief Planner at City of Amsterdam presented on the city’s vital infrastructure for water management, followed by Ms. Hartog, who provided a briefing on Rainproof Amsterdam and Waternet’s role in leading the program. Lastly, Andre Struker, Strategic Advisor at Waternet presented on the Energy Factory program, a collaborative network of government agencies and knowledge institutions aimed at supporting the use of wastewater as a source of renewable energy, raw material and clean water.
Waternet is a technology-oriented water management agency in the Netherlands that focuses on water purification, supplying drinking water, and keeping the surface water and canals clean. The agency operates on behalf of the Water Board of Amstel, Gooi and Vecht and the City of Amsterdam. It is heavily involved in innovative programs including the Rainproof Amsterdam, an initiative focused on research and stakeholder engagement for resilience to intense precipitation events.
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