Sustainable spatial planning: the Netherlands and South Africa
The Netherlands is your partner in sustainability and spatial planning.
The Netherlands is a densely populated country in the delta of major European rivers like the Rhine, Maas and Scheldt. A large part of the Netherlands lies below sea level. In order to deal with challenges like population growth, urbanisation, pressure on infrastructure and the effects of climate change, we need an innovative and sustainable approach to spatial planning. The Netherlands has a lot of experience in this field.
Re-using materials is becoming more and more central to the Dutch economy. Wastage of energy and raw materials is kept to a minimum. The Netherlands is keen to exchange ideas with other countries about building a circular economy.
In the Netherlands there are more bicycles than people. Dutch people make widespread use of this cheap, healthy and green mode of transportation. The Dutch are experts at integrating cycle paths safely into urban infrastructure.
Dutch roads are sustainable and interactive. Traffic flow is managed via information panels over the roads, based on the volume of traffic and the weather conditions.
As one of the world's most densely populated countries, the Netherlands must use its space efficiently. The Netherlands has a lot of knowledge about green construction methods. More and more houses are energy-neutral.
Protection against rising sea levels and other effects of climate change is of vital importance to the Netherlands. That's why the Netherlands has an extensive system of dikes and flood defences.