Dutch water defence experts visit N.E. US post-Sandy

The Dutch Minister for Infrastructure & Environment Ms. Schultz van Haegen, is currently on a working visit to Washington and New York to discuss how the Netherlands and the US can further their existing cooperation on strategies for defending against the threats of water.

Memorandum of Understanding

The minister has already visited Hoboken and Jersey City; both areas that were hit hard by hurricane Sandy in November, 2011. On March 6th, the minister will speak at the United Nations Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters. In Washington, Minister Schultz and her American colleague Shaun Donovan (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding that sets down agreements on sharing knowledge and experiences in the field of water safety. Dutch companies including Royal Haskoning DHV, Fugro, Arcadis, Deltares, Dutch Water Design, Tygron and Palmbout Urban Landscapes are participating in elements of the visit. The municipality of Rotterdam and the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) will also be represented.