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Turning The Tide

Door H.L.F. Saeijs
Engels | Ebook | 2009   Ebook

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Turning The Tide

Essays on Dutch ways with water

Dr Henk Saeijs is the spiritual father and driving force behind the

modernization and 'ecologization' of watermanagement in the Netherlands

that took place in the last decades of the 20th century until now. In

these essays he presents his experiences  and views. Many themes are being

dealt with in a challenging way. Myths and beliefs that politicians and

the general public have on for example salt water as undesirable,

reclaiming land, safety and sea defenses, fresh water and others, are

thoroughly being debunked. In stead of technology-driven solutions Saeijs

advocates the power and flexibility of Mother Nature, because after all

'she has over 3 billion years of experience'. All too often the downside

of technical solutions are neglected or underestimated; only much later

the (unpaid) bill comes along for untold quantities of polluted mud, the

diminished biological production of estuaries and so on. Fortunately,

there are positive trends emerging, especially where scientists and

engineers try to use and respect the resilience of ecosystems.

Turning the Tide is a stimulating collection of essays for anyone who is

interested in water and water management, certainly not only in The

Netherlands with its interesting coastal structure and its polders op to 7

meters below sea level, but even more so in a global context.


1 Water, blessed and cursed

2 From 'ego-pragmatism' to 'eco-pragmatism'

3 The Rijn: there's more to it than meets the boats

4 Polders, keep them or kill them?

5 Problems with a rain river

6 Is the sea worth its salt?

7 The delta: from excavation to well of knowledge

8 Being creative in a changing delta

9 Hidden assets

10 Back to mother nature

11 A water crisis casts its shadow

12 Change of course

13 Living with dams

14 Eco-man

15 Imaginable risks

16 Innovating safety

17 Is our delta an alma mater?




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