The national government (Rijkswaterstaat) and the regional government institutions (DNA) want to reinforce the Afsluitdijk and make it more appealing. The dam should become a testing ground for sustainable techniques. This is why Rijkswaterstaat has asked companies, knowledge institutes and authorities to provide innovative ideas. Many great plans were made between 2007 and 2012. These sustainable projects and initiatives within the themes of Energy & Water, Nature & Water and Economy & Water strengthen each other and can be performed together with the renovation of the dam.
The government and the region made arrangements about the task allocation in 2011. The government focuses on the safety of the dam and the water drainage from the IJsselmeer into the Wadden Sea, the water management. A budget of about 800 million euros is available for this. The region ensures that the dam is developed in a broader sense, in relation to nature, energy and economy. The funding for these plans is organised by the region. In December 2011 Mr Atsma, the State Secretary at the time, promised to contribute 20 million euros to the performance of these regional plans. The allocation of tasks between government and region has been laid down in an agreement.
A steering committee, with administrators from the government and the regional authorities, ensures that the interests in the field of water safety and water drainage are properly coordinated with the regional interests.
For the implementation of the Afsluitdijk Project, Rijkswaterstaat will enter into an agreement with a contractor. During this process it will be established whether this contractor can also perform regional plans.