The Netherlands faces major challenges: the energy transition, transition toward sustainable agriculture, restoring biodiversity, urbanisation and climate adaptation. It is inevitable that the Netherlands will look much different in a hundred years. These challenges require big changes and a new narrative for the Netherlands.
How will the Netherlands look like if we choose for a narrative in which nature and natural processes are at the core? Together with a multidisciplinary team a perspective has been drawn in which economic development and a nature-inclusive society go hand in hand. Not as a blueprint, but for inspiration and to put current challenges and major transitions in a shared perspective.
Cities all over the world are ever-expanding. But how do you feed the growing and complex cities? How are the (functional) connections between the urban and rural areas? Which relations are there between the environment, the social economic system and the food system? And which interaction is there between other major transitions and challenges, like climate adaptation and natural resource management?
Within Feeding cities and migration interdisciplinary knowledge is being brought together to work on strategic interventions and practical solutions for sustainable, resilient and robust (urban) food systems in Africa and Asia. Spatial analysis and development, demographic change including migration and informal knowledge and systems play a crucial role.
Area based Wildfire risk reduction
Wildfires are an exceptional natural phenomena. Depending on size, intensity and surroundings, wild fires can have a large impact on nature, society and economy. Even in the Netherlands we see increasing numbers and size of wild fires due to a changing climate. It is of utmost importance to keep wildfires manageable. Not only repression is crucial, especially the spatial design and nature management can offer opportunities. The Wageningen Fire Centre researches the different aspects of wildfires, the impact and the opportunities to limit effects. In example, the climate effect atlas (only in Dutch) and the climate cost estimater show the expected effects of a changing climate on the number of wildfires and their impact. Besides, knowledge and experiences from the water management expertise is used to develop new spatial strategies and approaches.
Climate robust brook valleys Noordoost Brabant: in perspective 2050 (only in Dutch)
How could the region of Noordoost Brabant with its characteristic streams look like in the future? We have drawn a spatial perspective for a climate robust and resilient brook landscape in 2050. It offers inspiration and guidance for an integrated climate robust approach of the brook landscapes, in which a long term perspective brings in action perspective for the short term.