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Old January 3rd, 2008, 12:09 AM   #1
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NETHERLANDS | Tulip Island Development News

[Times Online]



The Dutch government is considering a radical plan to build a £7 billion island in the shape of a tulip in the North Sea to relieve pressure on its overcrowded cities and protect the coastline from rising sea levels.

Jan Peter Balkenende, the prime minister, has asked a government advisory body, the Innovation Platform, to study the feasibility of reclaiming land about twice the size of the Isle of Wight. The findings will be presented to MPs and engineers on January 17.

Tulip Island is the brainchild of Joop Atsma, a member of Balkenende’s centre-right Christian Democratic Appeal party, who points out that about half the country’s 16m people live below sea level. He is proposing to build an island of between 120,000 and 250,000 acres off the coast of the Randstad, the country’s most densely inhabited region around Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Hague and Utrecht.

“All over the world people associate tulips with the Netherlands,” Atsma said.

While the Dutch have honed their expertise in battling the seas over centuries, contractors have until now had to go abroad in search of grandiose projects befitting their talents. Several Dutch engineering firms have been involved in land reclamation projects in Hong Kong and in building the Palm Jumeirah island in Dubai.

Balkenende now wants these national skills to be put to use at home. “We are good at hydraulic engineering and we should hold on to this leadership position,” he said.

Reclaimed land funded through a public-private partnership would be used for agriculture, recreation and for both low-cost and luxury housing. The island could also protect the vulnerable coastline from flooding, Atsma said.

With studies showing flood defences on eight stretches of the coast too weak to cope with sea level rises, the Dutch are looking for long-term solutions.

But coastline communities and environmentalists are in uproar over Tulip Island. “It’s a crazy idea,” said Lisa van der Veen from the North Sea Foundation. “It would be too expensive and the consequences for the ecosystem would be very dramatic.”

Reuters have made a report about this proposal:

http://uk.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=72674
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 03:05 AM   #2
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thats great, tulip, the symbol of netherlands
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 03:17 AM   #3
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This is the third time I've seen this posted here, but this project just doesn't exist.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 03:44 AM   #4
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Yup , i live in the Netherlands too and its a joke from the media. There was a plan to build a new area of land in the sea but thats never going to happen, even if its going to happen it would be a square or something. We just don't have the money for projects like this. We're not Dubai or something
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 04:34 AM   #5
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I'm glad they aren't doing this. It's Dubai's signature thing to do, therefore it just seems really unDutch. lol
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 04:48 AM   #6
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well, after all, it is the Dutch that are reclaiming land in Dubai!
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 05:04 AM   #7
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they should build it !!!!
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 08:16 AM   #8
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well, after all, it is the Dutch that are reclaiming land in Dubai!
Haven't the Palm Islands mostly been built by the Belgian company Jan de Nul?

Anyway, this has project already been brought up in this forum. Apparently it's a hoax and I'm very happy for that.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 10:03 PM   #9
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come on... is this for real???
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Hahaha that would have been funny...
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Old January 4th, 2008, 12:49 AM   #11
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come on... is this for real???
Is it real? Yes, it is but it is increadibly unlikely. The Dutch government has been looking for artificial islands in front of the Dutch coast to solve problems with Schiphol (national airport) by placing it into the sea and in other times ideas like this one have appeared also.

It would be useful, the Nordsea on the Dutch side is loosing soil, and at an increasing rate. Each year millions of tons sand are being added to the coast just to keep the shape (and safety) it has now. The new island would redirect the seacurrents and flows and which would help preserve the coastline. And with groundprices in some regions (even agricultural) around €1000 it could even be profitable.

However, I think you can scrap this one. If there is an isle comming in front of the Dutch coast it will be a small one at the start, and maybe adding more islands later on. And for sure it will not be a tulip, how awesome this even might be (and it be nice to have our own 'palm' as mostly Dutch companies (and Belgian, I must be honest have builded it. )
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