Case Study: Kinderdijk - Schoonhovenseveer

Dike reinforcement lekdijk

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The dike reinforcement project Kinderdijk – Schoonhovenseveer (KIS) is part of the Lekdijk, a primary flooddefense that directly protects two major polders in its hinterland fromflooding by the Rhine: the Alblasserwaard and the Vijfheerenlanden polders. Theinitial expansion of local villages (in the Middle Ages) was concentrated near thedike and around the churches, resulting in ribbon development along the dike (seeFigure 1). Beyond the dike, part of the floodplains is a nature conservationarea. The local population is aging, and village shops, businesses, and localactivities are slowly disappearing. There is a shortage of housing for youngpeople.