Since 2001, the Dutch coast near The Hague has been the site of a huge deposit of 21.5 million cubic metres of sand. This “Sand Motor” – a man-made peninsula – will be used for the preservation of the coastline of South Holland. The forces of nature, such as waves, wind, water and tides, are gradually spreading the sand along the coast.

Building with nature in this way results in the natural replenishment of beaches and dunes, opening up new opportunities for nature and recreation at the same time. If the Sand Motor fulfils expectations, no beach nourishment on the Delfland Coast between Ter Heijde and Kijkduin will be required for the next 20 years. Read more about the Sand Motor in this publication.