Ecological and Social Resilience to Rising Sea Levels: The Dutch Case

An interesting read in New York Times about building ecological and social resilience towards rising sea levels in Netherlands. “It is, in essence, to let water in, where possible, not hope to subdue Mother Nature: to live with the water, rather than struggle to defeat it. The Dutch devise lakes, garages, parks and plazas that are a boon to daily life but also double as enormous reservoirs for when the seas and rivers spill over. You may wish to pretend that rising seas are a hoax perpetrated by scientists and a gullible news media. Or you can build barriers galore. But in the end, neither will provide adequate defense”.

And what holds true for managing climate change applies to the social fabric, too. Ecological and social resilience should go hand in hand improving neighborhoods, spreading equity and taming water during catastrophes. Climate adaptation, if addressed head-on and properly, ought to yield a stronger, richer state.

For full article see here.

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