The Southwest Delta encompasses Zeeland, the Zuid-Holland islands, and the western part of Noord-Brabant. Since the catastrophic flood in 1953, the Delta Works have offered protection, provided good infrastructure links, and ensured the availability of fresh water. Yet now and in the future, they also present a number of challenges in terms of their impact on nature, water quality, and the economy. Furthermore, the area is under pressure on account of the rising sea level and future higher river discharges. In addition, in the long run, a sufficient supply of fresh water cannot be taken for granted.
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