Celebrate Diversity

‘Celebrate Diversity’, a basic principle for robustness and resilience in nature, has inspired me ever since I got acquainted with the third design principle of Cradle2Cradle during the guidance of the Learning Community C2C in 2010. My current work in the field of biodiversity teaches me about the importance of the diversity of genes and species, and how to reinforce this by connecting areas in order for populations to become more robust due to a bigger gene pool. This ecological principle invites us to celebrate the diversity of perspectives and ideas. Together they make a sustainable transition stronger, as was also confirmed by a recent Workshop Transition perspectives (in Dutch).

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Pilots Financial incentives for climate adaptation

The impact project ‘Rainwater, tax or reward‘ (Hemelwater belasten of belonen) by the work stream Differentiating Taxes of the Green Deal Green Roofs has developed into the new ‘Alliance financial incentives for climate adaptation’ (Alliantie financiële prikkels voor klimaatadaptatie). This alliance is working together with new partners, in association with the Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation. The Alliance aims to stimulate citizens and companies to (re)arrange their buildings and gardens in a climate adaptive way and focuses on learning through pilots. This way they seek to further develop these incentives together.

To further research and develop the essential effects of the different financial incentives, the Alliance will carry out pilots with corresponding cross-sectioned working groups. These working groups will engage in collective research subjects and will, if necessary, conduct their own research.

For the period 2019-2020 local authorities have the possibility to receive a financial contribution (Dutch) from the Government to hire expertise to carry out the pilots ‘financial incentives’ (financiële prikkels).

On the 6th of June the Alliance meets up to accentuate the pilots and together define the agenda for the different working groups. Local authorities who are interested can apply by sending an e-mail to info@nextgreen.nl.

The Alliance Financial Incentives for Climate Adaption was preceded by:

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English-language fact sheet Facts&Values

Due to popular demand an English version of the in September published fact sheet ‘Facts&Values Groenblauwe daken’ is now available; fact sheet ‘Facts and Values Green-Blue Roofs’. On the fact sheet you’ll find, among other things, measurable effects on retaining water, the air-purifying function, the energy saving and the noise reduction of green roofs.

Green Deal partners use the fact sheet with info graphic to explain clearly to customers and other interested parties the quantitative benefits of green roofs. NextGreen guided the work stream Facts and Values that put together the fact sheet.

Joint decision model

NextGreen is holding interviews and meetings with experts from the municipality of Amsterdam, Waternet and construction organizations, in order to use the lessons learned from existing projects to guarantee climate adaptation through the use of public-private instruments. These instruments are now being piloted for use in local regeneration projects, urban transformation and change projects throughout the city.

For this new assignment, NextGreen and Stroom & Onderstroom are working with stakeholders to develop an overview of the instruments used and a decision-support tool, including the ‘water-neutral building envelope’, local land use plan and sustainable sewerage levy.

You can read more about this project on the Decision model for public-private instruments project page.

Investors examine Footprinting methods and Positive impact

To better integrate biodiversity – the basis of all life – into investment decisions by financial institutions, the European Commission started in 2017 with the Community of Practice Finance@Biodiversity. Check out the results of the Community of Practice in the new flyer Footprinting, Positive Impact and Roadmap for Biodiversity Investment’.

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Green Deal presents Facts&Values

Lieke Coppens (right, Nelen & Schuurmans) hands over the Facts & Values ​​on behalf of the Green Deal to Harriët Tiemens (left, alderman of the Municipality of Nijmegen), Josan Meijers, (deputy of the Province of Gelderland) and Matthieu Gremmen (acting dike reeve of water board Rivierenland).

The infographic of Facts & Values ​​on green-blue roofs goes viral since September 19. Together with the Green Deal on Green Roofs workstream, NextGreen translated the quantitative benefits of green roofs into an infographic. The costs and water savings of four types of green roofs Sedum roof, Nature roof, Garden roof and Green and Blue roof are also included.

The Green Deal on Green Roofs (GDGD) factsheet was supervised by NextGreen and shows the many advantages of a Green and Blue roof. A green roof cools down and lasts twice as long. Water storage, biodiversity and extra outdoor space. The factsheet Facts & Values ​​Green-Blue Roofs shows roof performance as quantitatively as possible, and is based on thirty scientific references. With the factsheet, the Green Deal wants to enhance the dialogue between all involved stakeholders of green roofs, with the aim to exploit all benefits in a joint business case. Onwards to more and better green roofs.

The workstream that compiled the factsheet consists of the Green Deal on Green Roofs partners municipality of Rotterdam, Nelen & Schuurmans, Van der Tol and Vereniging Bouwwerkbegroeners. They did this in close collaboration with STOWA / COP Measuring and Monitoring green-blue roofs.

For the factsheet and all research used check the Facts & Values ​​page of the Green Deal Green Roofs (in Dutch).

Whitepaper Expeditions Natural Capital

White Paper ‘Value Creation with Natural Capital’ describes natural capital risks and opportunities for finance and business. The results of two expeditions, exploring investing in Agro-Food sector and the Built Environment, show routes for a joint transition.

An expedition is a practice based exploring dialogue, in this case between investors and investees and an expert panel. Representatives of business and finance entered into dialogues to bring forward a deeper understanding of the risks and opportunities, as well as discussing common challenges.

The white paper can be downloaded via the project page Natural Capital Expeditions, together with the slides.

NextGreen follows up to AMBOR creatie

As per June 2017, NextGreen was previously known as AMBOR creatie. The new name expresses our activities in an international context for guiding sustainable transitions. Together with clients and partners on a quest for the next green generation. Read more about our ambition and vision on the new website and see why we are convinced that the next green generation is orange.

European CoP Finance@Biodiversity

New Community of Practice guided by NextGreen within Finance workstream.

Finance for One Planet

The ecosystem perspective offers new partnerships for climate, water and land. Insights and stories from the practice of CoP Financial Institutions and Natural Capital.

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