The Netherlands in 2120

Climate change, urbanisation, biodiversity, rising sea levels, extreme weather and increasing food production: these are just a few of the factors that help shape the spatial planning of the Netherlands. There appears to be a need to look to the future. With these factors in mind, what will the Netherlands look like a century from now? Wageningen University & Research has drafted a vision on what it believes a future-proof Netherlands could look like in 2120.

This is an integral vision in that it considers the spatial planning of the Netherlands in 2120 from various perspectives, such as agriculture, biodiversity, sustainable energy, water and the circular economy.

A future, naturally

This map is not a blueprint, but a projection. It shows the Netherlands as it could look in 2120 if nature-based solutions are prioritised.

The map of the Netherlands in 2120
The map of the Netherlands in 2120

This view on the future was inspired by several design and discussion sessions held with researchers. We hope to use the results of these sessions, along with our scientific knowledge, to further shape and develop the vision and contribute to the societal debate.

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