Our world is changing fast. There will be 9 billion people by 2050. By that time, most of us will be living in densely populated cities in deltas and along coasts where water levels will be constantly rising due to climate change. And where, at the same time, there will be a constant decline in the supplies of safe freshwater we need. Not just for drinking, but also to grow the crops to feed everyone.
Our motto is Enabling Delta Life. Our mission is perhaps more urgent than ever. We want to make a significant contribution to the quality of life in deltas around the world. That is why we also worked in 2016 on smart innovations and applications that benefit people, planet and society, that protect us from flooding, improve economic returns and help nature. We believe that we are only really relevant when our knowledge benefits society as a whole. In that respect, we are guided by the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. We are committed to using our knowledge and innovations to contribute to a circular economy.
This Annual Report for 2016 describes how that commitment takes shape in our day-to- day practice. We will give you an idea of our work worldwide and its importance for others. The picture is not entirely complete. We have too many projects and programmes for that. But we are eager to keep you informed, both now and during the course of the year, about our impressive and meaningful work. So you can follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram. Many others have gone before you.