Climate changes Spatial Planning
|Climate change is one of the major environmental issues for the coming years, both regionally and globally. |
The Netherlands are expected to face climate change impacts on all land use related sectors and on water management, and therefore on spatial planning in general.
A major goal of the 2004-2011 programme "Climate changes Spatial Planning" was to enhance joint-learning between those to communities and people in practice within spatial planning. The programme aimed to generate internationally competitive scientific results and to provide a knowledge base that interactively supports practitioners on how to cope with climate change.
The mission of the programme was to introduce climate change and climate variability as one of the guiding principles for spatial planning in the Netherlands. The programme recognised that the benefits of climate research arise from the application of its findings in land-, water and nature management.
The programme was centered around five main themes: climate scenarios, mitigation, adaptation, integration and communication. Projects were interactively designed to cover issues relevant to climate and spatial planning and for the sectors such as biodiversity and nature, agriculture, fisheries, fresh water, coastal areas, transport on land and water, sustainable energy production, business, finance and insurance and governmental strategies.