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Area: 5888268 km2
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2.59 out of 5
WWF Country Risk Score
113 out of 248 Countries
WWF Country Rank
Total Organizations: 30
Total Projects: 14
Priority SDGs: Sustainable Agriculture (SDG 2.4)
Increase Access to Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (SDG 6.1 & 6.2)
Water Quality (SDG 6.3)
Water Use Efficiency (SDG 6.4)
Integrated Water Resource Management (SDG 6.5)
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
International Cooperation and Capacity Building (SDG 6.a)
Stakeholder Participation (SDG 6.b)
Water-Related Disaster Management (SDG 11.5)
Sustainable Production (SDG 12.4)
Climate Resilience and Adaptation (SDG 13.1)
Priority Regions: Meuse
Priority Industries: Apparel
Food, beverage & agriculture
Organization Types:
NGO / Civil Society
International Organization
Individual / Sole Proprietor
Multi-stakeholder Organization
Profile Completion: 82%

Water-Related Challenge Costs

Total annual estimated cost to address all water-related challenges: $6,574,630,600.00

Share of total annual estimated cost to address each individual challenge (2015 $USD):

  • Access to Drinking Water: $101,092,661.00 - [2%]
  • Access to Sanitation: $156,860,711.00 - [2%]
  • Industrial Pollution: $3,999,025,545.00 - [61%]
  • Agricultural Pollution: $13,420,471.00 - [0%]
  • Water Scarcity: $1,208,459,445.00 - [18%]
  • Water Management: $1,095,771,767.00 - [17%]

For more about this data, see information on WRI’s Achieving Abundance dataset here.

Water Challenges

As reported by organizations on the Hub.

Access to Water Supply and Water Services
Land Use Issues
Physical water supply
Socioeconomic and Reputation
Water Demand and Competition among Users

Country Overview

1.1.1.WATER RESOURCES Average annual precipitation in the Netherlands is 778mm. Average annual renewable water resources stand at 910 million km3. Only 11 per cent of this is internal water resources (110 million km3) while as much as 89 per cent is external water resources (800 million km3). In 2009, the total dam (reservoir) capacity was 92.34 million km3. The Netherlands has four river basin districts (RBDs), all of which are international shared watercourses with Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Germany. They are: the Meuse RBD, the Ems RBD, the Scheldt RBD and the Rhine RBD. Consultation on draft River Basin Management Plans took place between December 2008 and June 2009. They were adopted in December 2009.

1.1.2.WATER USE The availability of water and well-functioning freshwater ecosystems are essential to people and nature. Large-scale groundwater use is one of the causes of the degradation of nature in the Netherlands. Estimated water withdrawal is 106.1 million km3/yr, of which only 9.67 million km3 (9 per cent) comes from groundwater sources. The remaining 91 per cent is abstracted from surface water bodies (up to 96.4 million km3). By 2008, it was estimated that water for urban areas made up 12.5 million km3 (around 12 per cent) of total consumption. Only an estimated 71 million m3 of water was used for agriculture. The vast majority of water consumed – 87 per cent of the total, or 92.83 million km3 – was for industrial uses. Use of freshwater systems for drinking water, shipping, industrial intakes and all other uses has been at constant levels during the past 30 years. Due to the expected impacts of climate change, current strategies to cope with water shortages and fresh water supply in the Netherlands need to be revised. This is very complex because of the combination of technical and social aspects (for example, the relationship between different regions within the Netherlands), the relationship between the so-called regional goals and regional usages of water, and the consequences of the national strategy for river water discharge. In addition, it is expected that the demand for water will increase and precipitation in summer will decrease, thus the availability (and level of security in the supply) of fresh water will likely decrease if no action is taken. The degree of this decrease will vary from region to region. Not only will this impact the water level of rivers and ditches, and therefore overall water levels, it will also have consequences for agriculture, inland shipping, nature and water quality. Due to higher water temperatures, the amount of algae will increase.

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Organizations in Netherlands

Aqua for All is a not-for-profit organisation operating in Africa and Asia. For almost two decades, we have worked towards catalysing an innovative, sustainable and inclusive water and sanitation economy worldwide. We believe that innovation, scalable solutions, and public and … Learn More

Chemicals and plastics are present in various products used daily: in health, transportation, food, home goods and personal use, and so many other essential segments of our life. By understanding this role, we continuously strive to create sustainable solutions so … Learn More

Our mission is to create an investable large-scale landscape restoration industry, aligned with international guidelines and policies, in close cooperation with experts and existing initiatives. Our approach is based on a sustainable business model, delivering 4 returns: Return of Inspiration: … Learn More

We are committed to conducting our business in an environmentally responsible manner, supporting the long-term health of the planet, the success of customers and our people. Our environmental sustainability strategy aims to drive climate action throughout our value chain, use … Learn More

Desolenator is a transformative approach to water provisioning: Our world-first solar thermal desalination solution harnesses 4x more solar energy, to turn seawater or brackish water into high quality, pure water with zero harm to the planet. Protecting critical business assets … Learn More

The Dow Chemical Company, commonly referred to as Dow, was an American multinational chemical corporation headquartered in Midland, Michigan, United States, and the predecessor of the merged company DowDuPont. Learn More

Easing the burden on safe water through partnerships and climate smart technologies. Learn More

Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and climate technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2019 sales of $13.5 billion and 50,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain … Learn More

Solving fresh water scarcity, using only the sea, sun, earth &amp; wind. Solar desalination. Clean water from abundant resources. Already 4 billion people face water scarcity today. The key to moving from scarcity to abundance lies in the sea. Desalination … Learn More

We strive to develop and implement innovative technology to better manage water resources at the basin level and to protect and conserve freshwater ecosystems Learn More

We are a group of driven professionals from three continents that have a deep interest, dedication and skill to move from theory to practice and produce tangible outcomes in light of our mission: To explore and promote ways for people … Learn More

HEINEKEN is the world's most international brewer. It is the leading developer and marketer of premium beer and cider brands. Led by the Heineken® brand, the Group has a powerful portfolio of more than 250 international, regional, local and specialty … Learn More

IGRAC’s mission is to contribute to world-wide availability of relevant information and knowledge on the groundwater resources of the world, with particular emphasis on developing countries, in order to support sustainable utilisation and management of the groundwater resources, Learn More

Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Learn More

Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) is hét netwerk voor meer impact in het buitenland. 200 partijen hebben zich aangesloten vanuit de overtuiging dat een sterke, samenwerkende watersector tot meer internationale kansen leidt. Nederland is sterk in geïntegreerde oplossingen waar meerdere disciplines … Learn More

Nijhuis Industries delivers solid and adaptive solutions for sustainable water use, energy and resource recovery. We help industries, utilities and cities to reduce, reuse and recover to advance water and climate change adaption and help building a more resilient, sustainable … Learn More

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SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation. Founded in the Netherlands nearly 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in 38 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and … Learn More

Simavi is a non-profit organization that believes everyone has a right to good health. Together with women and girls in Africa and Asia, we work on a healthy life for all. Through our local partner organisations, we provide information and … Learn More

The Smurfit Kappa Group plc is Europe's leading corrugated packaging company and one of the leading paper-based packaging companies in the world. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Learn More

Processing hemp fibers in a sustainable way, so cotton can be replaced in textiles. Hemp uses 70-80% less water than cotton. Hemp does not need chemicals to grow, and improves the soil. Yield of hemp is much higher than cotton, … Learn More

We are the public enterprise, operating in creation and realization of various original ideas. The main acting areas are the creation of wide "Public Relation Machine about Water", informing society about the issues related to the water, and implementation of … Learn More

The Netherlands has the best quality drinking water in the world. What is more, the Netherlands is internationally renowned for its knowledge and expertise in the areas of, amongst others, water technology, water purification and the installation of water pipe … Learn More

The WASH alliance consists of seven alliance members (Simavi, Akvo, AMREF Netherlands, RAIN, WASTE, IRC, and Wetlands International) and will work in different countries and will have specific international programme activities. The Alliance works directly with around 113 Southern partners, … Learn More

This is Wageningen University &amp; Research’s (WUR) mission. Wageningen University &amp; Research is a research institution that focuses on the domain ‘healthy food and living conditions’. We do not just develop top-quality expertise; we also help translate our knowledge into … Learn More

At Water House Peacemaking, we believe in the transformative power of water to bring harmony and prosperity to our world. "Securing Tomorrow's Water Peace Starts Today!" is not just a slogan; it's our guiding principle. We are committed to ensuring … Learn More

The Water Youth Network is a platform that gives young people throughout the world the opportunity to share and promote their knowledge, initiatives and projects on WASH issues. Learn More

Our Vision is widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry, driving innovations and best practices in textile, apparel and footwear industries to protect consumers, workers and the environment. Our Mission is to enable brands and retailers in the textile, apparel, and footwear … Learn More

Reliable data – delivered at scale: Looking down from space, our mission at eLEAF is to create real-time, globally available datasets at the highest quality to power solutions that are easy to use, affordable and relevant to make sustainable crop … Learn More

We support farmers &amp; corporates in the transition to Regenerative Agriculture. We believe that nature and agriculture can cooperate instead of compete. We also believe that farmers and local communities across the globe deserves a long-term profitable future. That’s why … Learn More

Projects in Netherlands

At our Terneuzen site in the Netherlands, progress continues in achieving 100% water circularity by 2024. This would eliminate withdrawals of fresh river water from the Biesbosch area near the confluence of the Rhine and Meuse rivers, which is also … Learn More

"In June 2020, Dow, Evides, U Gent and HZ University of Applied Sciences (Vlissingen, Netherlands) launched a new EU Horizon 2020 project entitled AquaSPICE. This project involves 29 partners throughout Europe who aim to materialize circular water use in European … Learn More

Boer Bier Water is a collaboration examining how water can be handled in the most efficient way. Bavaria and the farmers in the Laarbeek area use a lot of this water. In order to deal well with this, for example, … Learn More

Unilever has committed to donating sanitizer, soap, bleach and food worth €100 million to those in need. Half of the donations will go to the World Economic Forum’s COVID Action Platform in support of global health organizations. The other half … Learn More

Based on the demand on simple online information on rainwater harvesting, 3R and Environmental Sustainability in WASH, RAIN in collaboration, Rainbow Collection and Wetlands International developed several tools that support practitioners in water management planning. Learn More

In order to efficiently utilize the water used for production, we are constantly reviewing processes. As an indicator of this, we calculate the amount of water used for each product unit and confirm that improvement is progressing. Project Results Water … Learn More

The International Water Association and UNEP under the umbrella of UN-Water have joined to produce the Global Compendium on Water Quality Guidelines for Different uses to provide a state-of-the-art overview of water quality guidelines and standards worldwide. The Compendium will … Learn More

In response to the pandemic, International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) has reconfigured its production lines to produce 2.5 tons of hand sanitizer. In North America, IFF has developed a unique hand sanitizer called Hope 2020, partnering with a distiller to … Learn More

Summary of action Unilever’s strategy is to reduce water use and increase reuse wherever possible, with a focus on new operations and water-scarce areas. All sites across the business must produce plans for reducing water use and manufacturing sites are … Learn More

To address persistent dioxane contamination in groundwater and prevent further migration of the pollutant, Dow planted 240 poplar trees using a special technique to provide phytoremediation of the groundwater. Learn More

The goal of the Dutch Room for the River Programme is to give the river more room to be able to manage higher water levels. At more than 30 locations, measures will be taken that give the river space to … Learn More

Summary Seawater/Lake Water Air Conditioning (SWAC/LWAC) technology produces air conditioning without the use of chemical agents. Acting alone, SWAC/LWAC can reduce electricity usage by up to 90% when compared to traditional air conditioning systems. When developed in conjunction with Ocean … Learn More

Climate change, population migration, increasing urbanisation, and ageing infrastructure are all expected to impose significant strains on Urban Water Cycle Services (UWCS) in Europe and abroad over the coming decades. Cities across the continent will experience increasingly frequent shortfalls in … Learn More

The WAI stands for a shift from the dominant hardware-construction approach, often used by others, towards WASH sector development by working on three pillars: establishing a functioning market, strengthening the public sector, and empowering & organising citizens. Our innovative approach … Learn More

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