Dutch awareness campaign redraws coastline

23rd May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Dutch Deputy Transport Minister Tineke Huizinga has fired the gun for the start of a cycling tour along an imaginary new coast line.

AMERSFOORT - Dutch Deputy Transport Minister Tineke Huizinga has fired the gun for the start of a cycling tour along an imaginary new coast line. The 50-kilometre tour started at a beach café in the inland town of Amersfoort.  The route of the tour shows where the Dutch coast line would lie if sea levels rise too high and insufficient measures are taken.

According to government estimates, the coastline would run from the city of Groningen in the north to Amersfoort in the centre of the Netherlands to the city of Breda in the south. That would mean practically half of the country would be under water.

The cycle tour is part of a government campaign called "The Netherlands lives with water" to raise awareness about the problem. The campaign is supposed to make it clear how the government  intends to protect the low-lying country from too much and too little water.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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