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Urban Farming Partners: turning growing cities into thriving farms

Singapore is better known for its skyscrapers than its farms. Less than one per cent of the country’s territory is agricultural land, and it imports over 90% of its food. This makes Singapore particularly vulnerable to fluctuations on the world food market. To remedy this, the government wants to boost local food production and has set a goal to produce 30 percent of its nutritional needs locally by 2030. Singaporean-Dutch partnership Urban Farming Partners Singapore (UFPSG) is keen to support this ambitious goal.

Keeping up the Momentum for research into microplastics and health

Microplastics are everywhere, but we actually know very little about how they affect human health. Dutch consortium Momentum has initiated studies to research the impact of microplatics and health. We spoke with Dick Vethaak (Vrije Universiteit) and Juliette Legler (Utrecht University) about the work of Momentum, which has put the Netherlands at the forefront of this area of research.

Plastic Soup Foundation director explains why microplastics are an issue

Plastics have been with us for the last 70 years. And once they have been made they remain with us forever. Public awareness has grown since the first gyres of plastic soup were discovered in the Pacific Ocean in the 1990s. Today almost every schoolchild can tell you about plastic soup. But what are microplastics and what happens once they enter the environment? We ask Maria Westerbos founder and director of the Plastic Soup Foundation.

Reducing city emissions through international collaboration

In June, city administrators, businesses and investors came together in Helsingborg, southern Sweden, in celebration of Climate Impact Day to discuss climate-neutral and smart cities. The outcome was crystal clear: we have to act now. And we have to act together, as climate change seriously impacts life on Earth. The event clearly showed governments are eager to tackle the complex nature of climate change.

How sponge cities are keeping China's feet dry

Lush green roofs. Buzzing bee gardens. Lively large parks. It’s a known fact that greenery makes cities more attractive, improving quality of life. But it’s a lesser known fact that, when applied correctly, urban green spaces can make cities more climate resilient. In Shanghai, landscape architect Judith van der Poel, director at Niek Roozen Landscape, found a way that perfectly balances decorative green with functional advantages. This protects the Chinese metropolis from floods and drought, while simultaneously making it a better place to live for its many millions of inhabitants.

How Serbia and the Netherlands are boosting biodiversity

In the race to meet the needs of 9 billion people on earth by 2050, horticulture experts are partnering up to make sure nature is not forgotten in urban developments. Therefore, Dutch public-private partnership Green Cities Serbia focuses on implementing green elements to existing buildings throughout Serbian cities.

Sign up for the NL Waterway Cleanup 2022

Every year, 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans. By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. Imagine how this affects biodiversity, the aquatic environment and our health. We need to act. Every effort – no matter how small – matters. That is why, this year once again the Netherlands is organising the NL Waterway Cleanup. This time our goal is to prevent microplastics from entering the environment before it can pollute our groundwater.