Rural areas and climate change

The rural areas take in an important position with respect to climate change. Drought, heat waves and extreme rainfall and flooding will become more frequent in the future and have a big impact on the rural areas of the Netherlands.

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Besides that it are the rural areas that have a great potential for dealing with the effects of climate change, for example by storing water and carbon dioxide, stimulating migration of fauna and turning challenges of climate change into profitable concepts.

Multifunctional land use

Despite it’s rural character the province of Brabant is a densely populated and regulated landscape. The demand for space is big and often causes conflicts. Adaptation measures aimed at dealing with climate change compete with other claims that need room. One of the solutions for this dilemma is multifunctional land use, which is not only an efficient way to use the land, but can also increase well-being and prosperity in Brabant.

Adaptive Implementation Arrangements

With this project we developed an approach to answer the question in which way adaptation strategies can be implemented in a flexible way and what role reflexive monitoring can play in this. We developed the approach – that consists of a questionnaire, a serious game and the policy arrangement canvas - in an action research setting in two cases and by interaction during different other sessions.Read more.

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Digital manual ORAS Peat meadows

The digital manual for Options of Regional Adaptation Strategies (ORAS) for the Peat meadow areas facilitates policy makers in recognizing bottlenecks in the Dutch peat meadows as a result of climate change.

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