The Sand Motor and integrated coastal zone management

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The Dutch Randstad is one of the most densely populated areas in the world and most of this area lies below sea level. The Dutch government has taken this as a challenge and turned it into an opportunity for innovation and ‘Building with nature’. The problems that the province of Zuid-Holland (as part of the Randstad region) faces are a rising sea-level, pressure on space and declining economic competitiveness.  We would like to present and discuss the new approach The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and the province of Zuid-Holland have developed, to tackle these problems effectively and in an innovative way.