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FAU to Host Presentation on Netherlands’ Approach to Water and Coastal Management by the Dutch Delta Commissioner

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (September 8, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s School of Urban & Regional Planning, a part of the College for Design and Social Inquiry, will host a presentation by Wim Kuijken, the Dutch Delta Programme commissioner, on Monday, September 12, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at FAU’s Higher Education Complex, 111 East Las Olas Blvd., 11th floor, Fort Lauderdale campus. 

Kuijken will discuss the role of the Dutch Delta Programme, the Netherlands’ intricate national water supply and protection program, and the Netherlands’ collaborative approach to water management.  He also will address the significance of decoupling politics from natural resource issues of long-term consequence.  

“The Delta Commissioner’s presentation will be particularly relevant to the water and coastal issues we face in South Florida,” said Jaap Vos, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning. “The Dutch have been successful in formulating a collaborative and comprehensive approach that integrates long-term planning for land use and water management while protecting investments, ecosystems and people.”

Margaret Leinen, Ph.D., executive director of FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and the associate provost of marine and environmental initiatives at FAU, will present opening remarks and welcome the Delta commissioner and his delegation to FAU.  The delegation will consist of Delta Programme staff and top officials from the Dutch Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Dutch Consulate General in Miami.  A question and answer session will follow the Commissioner’s presentation.

For more information, contact Dan Morris at 954-871-9522 or .


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