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This is the website of WATERgraafsmeer: the network for a liveable and climate-proof Watergraafsmeer polder. The innovation programme WATERgraafsmeer ran from 2010 to 2014. On March 10 2014 the programme was concluded during a celebratory event where the persons involved looked back on WATERgraafsmeer, analysed its meaning for Amsterdam and beyond, and considered the lessons for the future. The results of four years WATERgraafsmeer are captured in a accessible magazine. Click here to download the magazine "Spiegelen, dwarsdenken & vlottrekkken" (in Dutch). This website is no longer being updated.

 

For further information about the WATERgraafsmeer programme or network contact:

Maarten Claassen (Waternet)
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Pascal Hament (Stadsdeel Oost)
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WATERgraafsmeer programme introduction

In the Amsterdam region we are facing new challenges in existing residential areas: combining population growth and climate adaptation. This combination directly affects the quality of life in the city. There is a contradiction between the urban polder Watergraafsmeer as an attractive residential area and it being the lowest part of Amsterdam (5,5 m below sea level). This results in a residential area which is vulnerable to water nuisance and 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 of water innovations. Through an integral approach it is possible to accelerate, economize and innovate. The main outcome will be a change in attitude and behaviour. The WATERgraafsmeer will be the example of a successful transition within an urban area.

 

Magazine "Spiegelen, dwarsdenken & vlottrekken" (in Dutch)

 


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