In recent decades, water-related disasters have affected increasing numbers of people, animals and businesses worldwide. We can make a greater contribution to finding solutions to these problems if we work together.
Dutch Water Authorities and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Infrastructure and Water Management are therefore joining forces. This joint programme is known as the Blue Deal.
The Blue Deal will run to the end of 2030 and has one clear goal: to help 20 million people in 40 catchment areas around the world gain access to clean, sufficient and safe water. The focus is on providing help, but also on creating opportunities for businesses and on learning from other countries so as to keep improving our own work in the Netherlands.
The Blue Deal gives the water authorities and ministries the opportunity to support regional and national governments for a longer period. And not as an investor or project developer, but as a partner that helps to find solutions. Projects will be carried out within the partnerships that will improve water management step by step.