New coastal islands unnecessary, says minister

9th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

The water management minister feels Netherlands can be protected by widening the coastline through addition of more sand.

9 June 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - In an interview with a leading Dutch daily, Deputy Water Management Minister Tineke Huizinga says the Netherlands does not need to build a series of new islands off the coast to protect the country from rising sea levels.

According to the minister, the country can be protected by widening the coastline through the addition of more sand.

Minister Huizinga's suggestion is in direct opposition to Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's proposal to protect the country by creating new islands off the coast.

The Delta Commission, chaired by former agriculture minister Cees Veerman, is investigating ways to protect the Netherlands from the effects of climate change. The commission, created by the current Dutch government, will report in September.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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