Coastal Protection and Dune Management in The Netherlands

Hendrik J. Verhagen


Because dunes protect a large part of The Netherlands against coastal flooding and inundation, it is vital to guarantee the strength of these natural sea defenses. Besides sea defense, dunes have other functions. Sandy shorelines and dunes are frequently eroded. A legal framework has been developed that guarantees the required safety-level of dunes and protects the dune environment as well. Erosion of the coastline is compensated by artificial beach nourishment.


Dunes; sea defense; artificial beach nourishment; floodplain; dike; erosion

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