The peat quay walls in the Alblasserwaard and Vijfheerenlanden are important regional barriers, that mark the historical emergence of this valuable area. This rich history is reflected by the UNESCO World Heritage awarded to Kinderdijk, and its historical Molenkade quayside. The Rivierenland Water Board carried out tests on the quaysides over the past few years. These revealed a need for further strengthening, to ensure their suitability as water barriers, in the future.
The time has come to improve 7 kilometres of quayside. At the same time, cycling routes will be improved, and ecological linking zones and nature-friendly riverbanks will be created. Much focus will be placed on retaining the cultural history elements and recovering the reed beds in this Natura 2000 area. Sweco supplied the plan study and support work in preparation of implementation of the measures for the Rivierenland Water Board, as a starting point for the improvement of more regional water defences in the Alblasserwaard and Vijfheerenlanden.