Nature Based Solutions - Implementation Models Database
Citizen Initiative Greening Canals
A short description of the NBS project
Greening Canals is a citizen initiative aimed at greening the canals and their river banks in Utrecht (the Netherlands) to improve the ecological quality and the attractiveness of the river banks for local residents. Part of the project are floating islands of plants and nature friendly river banks. Greening the river banks contributes to climate adaptation, making the urban area more resilient to the effects of climate change (drought, flooding, and heat waves). Besides that, the greening is also beneficial to the health and well-being of local residents. It furthermore increases urban 1. The citizens have organized themselves as the Citizen Initiative Greening Canals. They receive (financial) support from the municipality and the local water authority. The initiative carries the responsibility for the implementation of the project and the maintenance of the area, including the vegetation. The project promotes the wishes of residents – recreational opportunities, sustainable water management, clean water and aims to take into account the interests and needs of nature. The citizen initiative was allowed to operate autonomously to a certain extent. The only requirement was that they had to take into account existing regulations from the municipality and the water authority.
NBS Implementation context
Netherlands, Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Project delivered (2013-2016)
Description of the NBS
object (building, etc.)
NBS Impacts scale
• Object (canal and river banks)
Urban density/ Soil consumption
High (dense city center)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?