The USNC Professional teams are composed of agency, industry, academic, and NGO participants interested in USNC project disciplines. Depending on participant' interests, week-long agendas reflect the focus of the team.
SEA-LEVEL RISE ADAPTATION AND RESILIENCE
The Kingdom of the Netherlands, long known for their expertise in the area of water management, have expanded their knowledge base into the area of climate change adaptation. USNC teams visit the City of Rotterdam as an example of adaptation innovation and the national “Building with Nature” program, which is gaining world-wide attention as a environmentally friendly approach to sea-level rise adaptation and resilience.
With the reputation of the most advanced country in the world in dealing with water, the Netherlands have been working on water challenges for over 1,000 years. USNC teams visit with Rijkswaterstaat, which is the US Army Corps of Engineers equivalent in the Netherlands, view the Delta Works projects, which are the largest engineering projects in the world, and spend time at Deltares, the world-famous Dutch research institute.
Innovative building with nature projects such as "Room for the River" display world-class stakeholder engagment strategies. Involving potential opposing parties in a meaningful way encourages cooperation and buy-in from all sides.
THE ADDED VALUE OF BEING ON A USNC/CRC TEAM
The team spends the week in many locations throughout the Netherlands but operates out of UNESCO-IHE, located in Delft.
For information and registration for the 2017 USNC Professional Program click here.