APA Netherlands Study Tour: Itinerary

Focus on Climate Change, Adaptation, and Water Management

May 26–31, 2013

Our tour will begin in the city of Amsterdam, where we'll visit neighborhoods like Watergraafsmeer and IJberg as well as the Eastern Docklands project. You'll come away with an appreciation for the innovative ways the Dutch have made water part of their daily lives while they address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of a metropolitan area. We'll continue our tour in the coastal city of Rotterdam. There we'll see the famous Seagates as well as numerous Delta Works projects designed to protect against flooding. On our last day, we'll make stops in the nearby cities of Delft and Dordrecht. The tour will be conducted in English. If any presentations are in Dutch, translation will be provided.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Arrivals at host hotel in Amsterdam
Participants are responsible for their travel to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and from there to the hotel. Rail service is available.

2–6 p.m.
Informal walking tour of urban regeneration in Amsterdam's Jordaan district.

Monday, May 27, 2013

9:30 a.m.
Waternet company briefing by Strategic Advisor Paulien Hartog and senior climate-adaptation staff.

11 a.m.
Visit to the Watergraafsmeer polder.

12:30 p.m.
Lunch briefing by Amsterdam's chief architect, Ton Schaap, and Camiel van Drimmelen of the city's Spatial Planning Division.

2 p.m.
Site visits to:


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

8 a.m.
Amsterdam hotel check-out; tour bus to Rotterdam.

10–11 a.m.
Scheveningen Boulevard Renovation briefing by Deputy Project Manager Allard Koopal of Arcadis and Province of Zuid-Holland staff.

11:30 a.m.–noon
The Sand Motor coastal-protection peninsula.

1–4 p.m.
Walking tour and Rotterdam Climate Plan briefing by Director Arnoud Molenaar.

5–6:30 p.m.
L'Enfant Lecture by the Netherlands's former ambassador to the United States, Renée Jones-Bos.

8 p.m.
Hotel check-in.

ROTTERDAM (continued)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

9 a.m.
Departure for tour of the Delta Works.

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Visit to Eastern Scheldt Barrier and the Neeltje Jans Delta theme park; briefing on Netherlands coastal protection en route by Stijn Koole of the Delta Atelier.

1:30–3:30 p.m.
Flood Disaster Museum tour with briefing by founder Ria Geluk. Visit to Biesbosch Museum and Noordwaard polder project; briefing on the Room for the River flood-protection plan.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

8 a.m.
Tour bus to Delft.

9:30 a.m.–noon
Briefings at Deltares, an independent water-infrastructure research institute, on the Delta Program:

  • Innovations in urban water management strategies, Professor Frans van de Ven
  • Sustainable urban design, Professor Han Meyer
  • Adaptive management of water infrastructure, Professor Jaap Kwadijk
  • Modeling and cost-benefit analyses of optimal protection levels by Edelman Prize-winner Jarl Kind

1:30–4 p.m.
Walking tour and briefing on water management challenges in Dordrecht, Holland's oldest city.

Briefing on Dordrecht's Tide Project.

Tour bus back to Rotterdam.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Hotel check-out.

Participants are responsible for arranging their travel from Rotterdam.

While every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned, it is subject to modification.