Green Cities

Green Cities

The city of the future is a green city where trees, ponds and parks are the lungs of the boroughs and biodiversity can find its way in. In green cities, people live in healthy neighbourhoods, employees work in circular business parks, and all citizens have access to sustainable food and other natural resources. For us, urban leadership means co-creating these solutions together with cities’ inhabitants. Therefore, we work with urban leaders in business, government and social movements to build green cities worldwide. This can be on the scale of the metropole, migrant settlements, business parks or city centres.

Nature-based solutions are at the heart of smart city design and planning
Marian Stuiver

Cooperate with us for Green Cities

Green Cities is the Wageningen Environmental Research programme that focuses on understanding and applying a nature-based approach in urban areas. We have chosen six areas to work on evidence-based solutions. We apply our scientific findings to develop migrant settlements and urban food systems. We improve and research the relation between nature and health in the city. We aim to make cities climate-adaptive and circular. Finally the city of the future is a smart city, where data collection and use are of high quality. All Amsterdam-based activities are part of our collaboration within AMS Institute, where we research, design and test urban solutions for green, sustainable and liveable cities, using the city of Amsterdam as a Living Lab.

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  • Connecting the Urban Fringe for Metropolitan Food Challenges
  • Green business parks: Nature-based solutions for a more sustainable working environment
  • Secure livelihoods: Understanding and developing solutions for mass migration
  • The future of public spaces: Providing safe, inclusive and accessible green and public spaces for all ages
  • Sustainable settlements: Designing green solutions for displaced people and their hosts
  • Re-use of resources: Towards a Circular Economy
  • Climate-resilient cities: Nature-based solutions for future-proof cities

Chair groups involved in this programme

Education at WUR