HZ University of Applied Sciences forms the new Knowledge Cluster for Salinization Issues in Deltas with two other colleges and three knowledge institutions.

The salinization of the Dutch deltas is increasing due to the changing climate, rising sea levels and declining soils. These developments call for action because salinization makes ground and surface water less suitable for use. In addition to HZ, the knowledge cluster includes Wageningen University & Research, Universiteit Groningen, Deltares, Hanzehogeschool and Van Hall Larenstein. The knowledge cluster is committed to the economical and smart use of fresh water and to making our agricultural system resistant to salinization.

Knowledge comes together

The cluster brings together applied water, soil and crop knowledge. This makes it unique in our country and internationally relevant. Deltas around the world experience the same threats and consist mainly of clay-rich soils. Clay is very sensitive to salinization. Once the soil is affected, it creates poor structure, less fertile farmland and ultimately lower yields for the farmer. The initiator of the joining of forces is the province of Fryslân, which has made one million euros available.

The partners in the cluster will work together with governments and industry on a National Knowledge Agenda on salinization. Other parties are welcome to join the cluster to contribute.