The Netherlands has a considerable track record with respect to coastal safety and sustainable development of coastal zones. The Dutch combine world-class technology with solutions that meet social and environmental needs. Photo: © Rijkswaterstaat/Joop van Houdt

Join the Royal Netherlands Embassy, the Water Institute of the Gulf, and key partners at 10 a.m. (EST) on January 14 for a webinar/discussion of the current and future partnerships between Louisiana and the Netherlands, which grew substantially in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Following the 2005 hurricane season, the Netherlands found an open and enthusiastic reception in Louisiana to its expertise on coastal protection, integrated water management, and nature-based solutions. In the Netherlands, Louisiana found inspiration for recovery, long-term planning and investment, and a comprehensive approach to water management. This relationship deepens even today as Louisiana continues to develop and invest in leading world-class coastal protection, restoration, and adaptation projects.

The webinar will include a series of short presentations on the breadth of the ongoing Louisiana-Netherlands relationship and on current and future coastal restoration and protection projects in Louisiana, integrated river management and planning, nature-based solutions, and floodplain/urban adaptation. A question-and-answer session will be held following the presentations.


  • André Haspels, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States
  • Bren Haase, Executive Director, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
  • Piet Dircke, Global Leader Resilience and Water Management, Arcadis
  • Bregje van Wesenbeeck, Senior Researcher, Deltares and Associate Professor, TU Delft
  • David Waggonner, Principal, Waggonner & Ball Architecture/Environment
  • Justin Ehrenwerth, President and CEO, The Water Institute of the Gulf
  • Dale Morris, Director of Strategic Partnerships, The Water Institute of the Gulf

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