Gov. Edwards visits the Netherlands to further develop water management and economic partnerships

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Today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is in the Netherlands to lead a delegation of business and state leaders to learn more about flood water management and resiliency as well as to strengthen international economic partnerships.

The trip is the result of an invitation from the Kingdom of the Netherlands Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Ambassador Henk Ovink, who will travel with Governor Edwards and the delegation between Amsterdam and Delft to discuss the latest advancements the country has made in the areas of flood control and water management.

Edwards will see firsthand one of the Netherlands' most ambitious and innovative flood control infrastructure innovations, the Room for the River Programme’s Noordwaard polder project.

“I am very grateful to the Netherlands Special Envoy for International Water Affairs Henk Ovink for inviting me and our delegation to his country to continue our work together on water management,” said Gov. Edwards. “This is a tremendous opportunity to learn from international leaders in flooding prevention and to grow our economy while we’re at it. I also look forward to furthering Louisiana’s cultural and economic ties to France. It will be a privilege to visit Normandy to honor those who fought in World War II and raise international awareness of the world-class WWII Museum in New Orleans.”

Gov. Edwards will use the trip to advance Louisiana’s broader economic interests in meetings with major international companies.

The governor left Friday and will return on Sunday.

This is Governor Edwards’ second international trip of his second term and the fifth of his governorship. His most recent international trip was to Scotland for the International Climate Change Summit in October of 2021.