Growing greener cities and biodiversity

With the power of innovation we can bring food production closer to the city. And to design sustainable urban concepts that enhance people's wellbeing and enriches biodiversity. 

 

Greener cities

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Today, more than half of the world’s population (3.5 billion) live in cities. As the number of megacities continue to rise, the UN predicts that 5 billion people will live in urban areas by 2030. This presents many opportunities for agri & food entrepreneurs. 

To meet the cities' demand for food and nutrition sustainably and profitably, we need the power of innovation and collaboration. Working together with governments, businesses, research institutes and citizens, we can innovate the urban food system. For example by enabling cities to produce food and vegetables locally and curb loss due to long transportation chain.

Green improves our wellbeing

A green environment contributes to a healthy living and work environment. Being in contact with nature reduces stress and increase happiness. It also improves air quality, boosts creativity and brings people closer together. Research shows that people who live in a green environment suffer less from depression, asthma and diabetes. Green spaces also enhance the wellbeing of vulnerable groups such as elderly and people who don’t have an easy access to a garden or a park in their living areas.

For people and the environment

The Dutch horticulture sector works together with cities worldwide to develop practical and easy-to-manage green concepts. We aim to amplify nature's healing power on people's physical and mental health.

Equally important is to enrich biodiversity. The various trees, plants and shrubs grown we grow in cities will attract animals and insects. Pollinating insects, such as bees, butterflies and beetles are essential for urban and agricultural ecosystems.

Let’s develop greener cities worldwide and...
  • Highlight the link between food production, green spaces and health in the city
  • Apply circular concepts to food production and consumption in the city
  • Introduce new types of food production
  • Enhance urban logistics system
  • Integrate food production in urban planning
  • Demonstrate green impacts on health

 

Showcases
Rejuvenating Romania's urban areas with green landscapes
How do we keep a growing urban population healthy and happy? Urban Landscapes Romania (ULR) develops green concepts that support the healthy lifestyle of Romania’s urban population.

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Armela Farms: farm the city to feed the city
In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where large cities are surrounded by sand in almost every direction, climate and geography make this especially challenging. But not impossible....

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Turning an old Belgium coal mine into a green recreational park
The be-MINE project is an initiative of the Beringen municipality and tourism board to revitalise what is Flanders’ largest industrial-archaeological site and turn it into a new cultural hotspot. To this end, old industrial buildings and spaces are given new purposes.

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