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An independent forum for building a sustainable future for living with
water for everyone in Watergraafsmeer, Amsterdam


There are no rules here - we are
trying to accomplish something.
Thomas Edison
In goede gesprekken richten mensen
zich niet tot elkaars woorden, maar
tot elkaars bedoelingen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Verandering komt pas als
de mensen het willen. Wibaut ext_lang

About WATERgraafsmeer

Present-day society is part of a rapidly changing world. The sheer velocity in which transitions take place in economy and technology, combined with social, cultural and demographic developments and climate change, have an immense impact on everyday life. This means that densely populated regions such as large urban areas need to increase their development even further. In this respect the physical and social urban domains need to support each other to gain flexibility to become one resilient urban system.

WATERgraafsmeer programme
The Watergraafsmeer is located 5.5 m below sea level (the lowest part of Amsterdam), which makes it a residential area vulnerable to water related problems such as flooding. At the same time energy and water cycle issues create new opportunities for a sustainable future. In the Watergraafsmeer, the Water-Authority is working together with designers, housing associations and citizen groups to unite ambitions of sustainability, liveability and water adaptation. We are working on several projects to transform this part of the city to a sustainable cluster with water innovations. Through an integral approach it is possible to accelerate, economize and innovate. WATERgraafsmeer will be the example of a successful transition within urban areas.

Vision of WATERgraafsmeer Water as moving and guiding principle
Water can move and bond and serves as a symbol for the vision of WATERgraafsmeer: bonding of people, ideas and organisations. This will bring us various associations and groups that can implement solutions for the climate issues in the city in a sustainable way.

  • Liveable city Water can contribute to a positive development of the city as a whole, by changing waterproblems into water opportunities. With water as inspiration, different stakeholders kan work together to improve quality of the environment for both humans and nature.
  • Respond to climate The WATERgraafsmeer programme wil adapt to the way climate is changing and will change. Both the current situation and future changes are important factors. WATERgraafsmeer is therefor not only creating a sustainable and climateproof city, but also an attractive city with a strong economy.
  • Create more with less An important challenge is to transform the Watergraafsmeer area sustainably without increasing the costs of maintenance. This can be done to invest long term relations between stakeholders and put effort in the important things: encourage people in doing things they are good at.
  • Fast implementation of projects Solutions for challenges, that are only felt by governemental organisations, encounter more and more resistance from society. Therefor, enormous delays in the implementation of projects arise. By involving stakeholders in an early stage, solutions are better tuned in on the neighbourhood so that delays are prevented.
  • Combination of continuity and flexibility Flexibility is important in the search for the new roles of public and private organisations. By being flexible, we can achieve new ways of working together.
  • Transparancy A good and sustainable society is bases on confidence. To build confidence in the complex projects and programmes of Watergraafsmeer, transparancy of roles, responsibilities and results is important.


Wilt u nader informatie over het WATERgraafsmeer programma of het netwerk?


Neem contact op met:

Maarten Claassen (Waternet)

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Tel: 020-6083625




Pascal Hament (Stadsdeel Oost)

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Tel: 020-2534128



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