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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Community-led urban green spaces
Utrecht, The Netherlands
295 122 inhabitants
Adaptation - Cooperation, participation, networking - Urban agriculture
Utrecht has a long history of working with its citizens in the co-design of the city’s infrastructure. In its Neighbourhood Green Plans (NGP) initiative, Utrecht invited its citizens to propose ideas for improving the quantity and quality of the city’s green spaces, a key measure to adapt to climate change, improve biodiversity and mitigate the urban heat island effect. After undertaking a feasibility study of the proposed ideas, Utrecht provided a budget of EUR 500,000 to each of the 10 NGPs and encouraged the citizens to self-manage their projects (i.e. continued care and maintenance).

In addition to this, each NGP obtained on average an additional EUR 175,000 in co-funding from various public and private sources, such as the Province of Utrecht, the Utrecht Water Board, housing associations and co-operatives or community organisations. Through the NGPs in Utrecht, the inhabitants notably greened their roofs, increased the variety of flora and fauna of their parks and extended the number of edible organic gardens.

FACTS & FIGURES
  • ·         10 Neighbourhood Green Plans covering the entire city of Utrecht
  • ·         140 projects delivered and/or approved
  • ·         Funding volume for each NGP: ca. EUR 675,000 (EUR 500,000 from Utrecht municipality, EUR 175,000 in co-funding from public and private sources)
  • ·         How the funds are spent in each NGP: EUR 595,000 for implementation,EUR 80,000 for process facilitating participation, idea development
  • ·         Implementation period: since 2010

Originally published in the Covenant of Mayors’ leaflet « How to finance your local energy & climate acions ? », October 2017. The case study attached has been written by Marleen Buizer, Wageningen Universiteit (WU) and published in 2015 in the framework of the EU 7FP project GREEN SURGE.

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