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Implementation model

Green strips Amsterdam

A short description of the NBS project

Since 2013, to make the city of Amsterdam more resilient to more and heavier rain showers and to decrease the chances of flooding, Amsterdam Rainproof initiative has been developed in order to build a city-wide network of actors that help to increase the ability of the city to absorb and re-use rain water, e.g. green roofs, green walls, rain barrels, green gardens and water-permeable pavements. As a platform it seeks to connect a broad network of actors and initiatives that work on this subject. Amsterdam Rainproof seeks to align existing (citizens) initiatives, municipal policies and entrepreneurial initiatives. The rationale behind this approach is that the city can only become resilient to rainwater if all stakeholders work together and take up their shared responsibility. Currently, 76 partners are involved, including governmental organisations, private companies, citizen initiatives, network organisations and knowledge institutions. Ideas, information and a toolbox are available on the website. ‘Green strips’ is one of Amsterdam Rainproof initiatives from the district council in the south of Amsterdam and local water authorities to store water in a newly built neighbourhood. The district council in the south of Amsterdam and two water authorities have initiated a project involving green strips on the side of the road in a newly built neighbourhood. The green strips have the capacity to temporarily store water and ‘slow down’ the water before it enters the sewage system. They lie 35 centimetres below the road, which allows for the water to flow into the strips. They have the capacity to store 56.000 litres of water and they can store it for 24 hours. After that time, the water flows into the sewer system. The strips contain plants that survive in wet and dry conditions. The plants contribute to the green infrastructure in the neighbourhood. The project is unique, because of the combination of high-quality plants and water storage. It is a pilot project, which means the municipality and the water authorities are still testing the effectiveness. In case of success, the project will be implemented in more areas in the city. The project is financed by the municipality. The local water authority and the municipality maintain the green strips. Amsterdam Rainproof played a role in establishing the collaboration for this project. Citizens, cable companies, pipe companies and project developers were invited to participate in the decision-making process.

NBS Implementation context
Location Netherlands, South of Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
Status Project delivered (2016)
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale object (building, etc.)
NBS Impacts scale • Object (green strips) • Neighbourhood • City
Urban density/ Soil consumption Medium
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
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NBS Typology
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NBS Uban Challenges
Climate Issues Climate mitigation
Climate adaptation
Other 0
Urban water management and quality Urban water management and quality
Flood management
Other 0
Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Other 0
Urban Space and Biodiversity Biodiversity
Urban space design
Urban space management
Other 0
Urban Regeneration and Soil Air quality at district/city scale
Other 0
Resource efficiency Food, energy and water
Raw materials
Other 0
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
Other 0
Environmental justice and social cohesion Environmental Justice: Recognition
Environmental Justice: Procedural Justice
Environmental Justice: Distributional Justice
Environmental Justice: Capabilities
Environmental Justice: Responsibility
Social Cohesion
Other 0
Urban planning and governance Urban planning and form
Governance in planning
Other 0
People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
Other 0
Green economy Circular economy
Bioeconomy activities
Direct economic value of NBS
Other 0
Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? Governments • Local government/municipality (Amsterdam Municipality) • Semi-government organizations / institutions (local water authority)
Contracting Authority
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?)
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project.
Cluster Governance Model Description
cluster1_traditional_public_administrationParticipatory_planning_and_budgetingThe project is financed by the municipality and the water authority. Side-projects are financed by the participating actors.
Global Estimated cost of the project -
Cluster cluster1_public_financing
FM Public financing
Description of the financing mechanism The project is financed by the municipality and the water authority. Side-projects are financed by the participating actors.
Business Model
Class Type Description
In case of success, the project will be implemented in more areas in the city.
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation
Expected life time of the intervention
Already feedbacks on the project? In case, the project has already been adapted to new requisites, please explain the modifications brought
Success and limiting factors
Process Enablers
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversCollaboration Information accessibility and sharing Awareness • Networks; • Knowledge platforms; • Climate Change -
Governance_driversProcess efficiencies Co-creation and participation• Collaboration; • Involvement of urban government
Economy_driversDe-risking Self-financing and self-management • Public de-risking strategies;
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversUncertainty • Operational unknown • Performance unknown
Governance_driversDisconnection between short-term actions and long term goals; Participation and awareness • Lack of participation
Economy_driversBudget constraints
What makes this project a pioneer?
Brief description of the innovativeness
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)
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