IFE Distinguished Visitor Lecture: Dutch Treat: Who is Paying the Bill for Making Dutch Water Management Climate Proof?

26th November 2015

Gert-Jan de Maagd (Knowledge Manager, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment)

WHEN: Thursday 26 November, 11.00am - 12.00noon.

WHERE: P-512, Level 5, P Block, QUT Gardens Point campus (map).

BOOKINGS: Please register if you would like to attend.


A fascinating difference in the financial aspects of Australian and Dutch flood management is that in Australia more than 95% is spent on evacuation and flood recovery, while in the Netherlands more than 95% is spent on flood prevention. To what extent is this difference explained by hydrological and geographical factors and to what extent by cultural, political, and financial factors? This presentation will explain the costing structure and OECD assessment of Dutch water management. It will also reflect on strategies to keep the finances of Dutch water management climate change proof and on which Dutch strategies may be applicable in Australia.


Gert-Jan de Maagd is Knowledge Manager at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and is dedicated to linking science to evidence-informed policy making. Gert-Jan is strongly involved in Queensland-Netherlands cooperation on water management and was previously a senior policy advisor in water management and visiting fellow at the Murray Darling River Basin Authority. Gert-Jan holds a PhD in Environmental Chemistry and received the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Award in 1998 in recognition of his contribution to assessing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the environment.

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