Dutch minister to talk water with White House

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11 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — Economic Affairs Minister Laurens Jan Brinkhorst is to travel to Washington in February to discuss the Dutch approach to water management.

11 January 2006

AMSTERDAM — Economic Affairs Minister Laurens Jan Brinkhorst is to travel to Washington in February to discuss the Dutch approach to water management.

Brinkhorst announced the visit after meeting with a delegation from Louisiana, led by Senator Mary Landrieu, that viewed the Delta Works on Wednesday.

The Delta Works is a system of 13 dams on the North Sea coast of the Netherlands. It is designed to prevent a repeat of the flooding that killed 1,800 people in 1953.

Louisiana bore the brunt of the flooding cased by Hurricane Katrina last August.

Brinkhorst will hold discussions with a number of US government officials, including Donald Powell, Coordinator of Recovery and Rebuilding in the Gulf Coast Region.

An "integral approach" is necessary to prevent disasters and it is not just a question of engineering, Brinkhorst said. Money and legislation is also necessary for lasting protection against flooding.

The richest nation in the world has to have the political will to rebuild society, he said. Louisiana is one of the poorest states in the US, he said.

Melanie Schultz-van Haegen, State Secretary for Transport, Public Works and Water Management, will travel to the US with a Dutch trade mission in March.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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