Urban Water Agenda


Why an Urban Water Agenda 2030?

"The unique integrated water governance in Amsterdam is based on efficiency, sustainability and customer care. The EU Urban Water Agenda 2030 supports us in our approach for climate resilience and the circular economy, based on new collaborations with public and private partners, shared financing and fast implementation. As a city we have the ambition to be a frontrunner in this, but the interdependencies are often difficult to deal with. Sharing experiences with other cities and the European Commission helps us all to overcome these challenges."

Roelof Kruize, CEO of Waternet, the public watercycle organization of the region of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam at work | The Amsterdam Rainproof platform

The Amsterdam Rainproof platform is a unique collaborative network of public administration entities, entrepreneurs and citizen initiatives. Together, they are committed to make Amsterdam more resilient to extreme rainfall, both on small and large scales in buildings and gardens as in public areas.

Interested in finding out more? You can read more about the project following this link, or contacting the programme manager, Daniël Goedbloed (info[at]rainproof.nl).

Amsterdam's member of the UWA2030 Core Group

Paulien Hartog (Strategic Advisor of Waternet)

Networker focussed on linking water challenges to urban planning and management and experience in the urban reality to policy development. She has an active role in national and international networks with focus on water sensitive urban design and water governance strategies.


Quick facts on Amsterdam

Location within country

Amsterdam is located in the western part of the Netherlands in the lower part of the river Rhine delta. A major shipping canal, connecting the river Rhine, the Amsterdam harbour and the sea crosses the city.

Number of inhabitants

Municipality: 853,312 (2017)

Metropolitan region: 1,353,972 (2017)

Main economic sectors

- Finance
- Medical Care
- Tourism

Source/s of water supply

Surface water: River Rhine (using artificial infiltration) and surplus from a fresh water polder in the Vecht region.

Main utilities providing water and waste water services


More information: www.iamsterdam.com

Updated: September 2017