Published in: 2011
Netherlands Water Partnership, the Netherlands
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The world is increasingly confronted with disasters of great magnitude. The 2004 tsunami, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the unprecedented
floods in Pakistan and Australia in 2010 are its most striking examples.
Due to the impacts of climate change and urbanization, the demand for
effective emergency humanitarian assistance is likely to increase over
the coming years. Although the Dutch water sector has much to offer in
the fields of delta technology and water management, the sector plays
only a minor role during disaster emergency relief and rehabilitation
activities. At the same time, it was felt that the Dutch water sector at large is interested in responding to these needs by taking a more proactive role.
Based on earlier work from 2008/2009, this study aimed at mapping out the potential role of the Dutch water sector in providing emergency and rehabilitation assistance as a response to natural or man-made disasters. Main goal of this study is to get further insights in international mechanisms in the field of (water) disaster, emergency relief and rehabilitation, to match this with available expertise and capabilities from the Dutch water sector and to analyze potential for improvement and adding value, thereby giving recommendations on how this could be achieved. The core of this part is a mapping of the existing ‘demand’ and the assessment of the relevant capabilities of the Dutch water sector. In addition, the study investigates potential modalities for providing these services and advises on the most suitable model for the Dutch water sector, based on the expressed interest.
Heeger, J. (2011). Explorative study into the provision of emergency and rehabilitation assistance by the Dutch water sector - DRAFT final report. Netherlands Water Partnership, the Netherlands
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