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Turning an old Belgian coal mine into a green recreational park

As more and more people move from rural to urban areas, municipalities face the challenge of keeping urban environments liveable. Public green space, such as parks and forests gives people extra breathing room for the city. It has a profound effect on our physical and mental health and bring communities together. With that in mind, Dutch designer Carve and Omgeving and contractor Krinkels transformed part of an old mine in Belgium into an adventure playground.

Tech Solutions for Global Challenges: follow the Netherlands Innovation Roadshow 2021

After a very successful CES2021, part of the Dutch delegation continues to showcase its innovative tech solutions for global challenges during the virtual Netherlands Innovation Roadshow 2021. After the kick-off in Boston and New York on 18 January, the roadshow moves to innovation hubs Singapore, Chicago, Russia, South Korea, Israel, and further afield. Until February 15, entrepreneurs can explore new markets and establish contacts with like-minded people all over the world. Join us for tailor-made market expansion sessions and meet our innovation and startup liaison officers at embassies and consulates throughout the world. Let’s discuss how together we can make this world a better place. Are you interested in international innovation and R&D trends, looking for international contacts or do you want to get in touch with one of our tech diplomats? Please reach out! 

Let’s adapt our world to build climate resilience

Average global temperatures are set to rise by 3 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. Even though, in the Paris Agreement, most of the world’s governments have pledged to keep this figure at least below 2 degrees, and preferably below 1.5.   With the last five years being the warmest on record, the climate is changing more rapidly than scientists predicted. This has led to more frequent and intense extreme weather events and natural disasters. In the past year, 50 million people became victims of flooding, drought and extreme weather.   Consequently, successive World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risk Reports increasingly cite climate issues as a major threat.

Liwwa: financing SMEs in Jordan

Around 70 percent of the working population in Jordan is employed by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The large majority of these companies have difficulties to get financing. Fintech platform liwwa is there to support them.

Sharing insights on nature-based solutions leads to better water management

As a low-lying delta country, the history and prosperity of the Netherlands is closely connected to water-related challenges. With a third of the country below sea-level and two thirds of the country’s economic activity, climate change has presented new threats as sea-levels rise and storm surges become more frequent

CES2021 highlights tech solutions for solving global challenges

The first-ever all-digital CES kicked off on 11 January 2021. More than 90 Dutch tech companies joined the world’s brightest and most forward-thinking innovators on the global innovation stage. Together they explored how to harness the power of technology and collaboration to solve societal challenges worldwide.

Port of Rotterdam sets standards for sustainable growth

Climate change is driving the need for many port cities to adapt. Most urban areas throughout the world are built on river mouths entering the sea. Rising sea levels, storm surges and other extreme weather events mean cities have to create strategies to become resilient to the impact of too much water. A third of the Netherlands is below sea level and two thirds of its GDP is generated there. Nevertheless, Rotterdam, as the busiest and smartest port in Europe, has managed to become a thriving logistics hub alongside a dynamic city.