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Rooftop revolution

A short description of the NBS project

The Rooftop Revolution is a foundation that advices and supports companies, governments, housing corporations, citizens and other organisations in implementing green roofs on their property or in the neighbourhood. The foundation also acts as mediator and process counsellor. Their focus is on Dutch cities, especially Amsterdam. The foundation works at the request of the municipality of Amsterdam. The goal is to turn as many grey roofs into green roofs as possible, but the initial aim is to green 10% of Dutch roofs before 2020. Green roofs contributes to 1, a decrease of the risk of flooding, reduction of heat stress, cooling down of buildings, air quality and noise reduction. The foundation argues that an inclusive process is important as well as a fair distribution of the costs. This means they develop the plans for the roofs together with stakeholders, for example citizens, and divide the costs among the actors that benefit from the green roof.

NBS Implementation context
Location Netherlands, Netherlands, Amsterdam
Status On going Project
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale object (building, etc.)
NBS Impacts scale • Object • Neighbourhood • City
Urban density/ Soil consumption High (dense city center)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
if other
NBS Typology
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NBS Uban Challenges
Climate Issues Climate mitigation
Climate adaptation
Urban water management and quality Urban water management and quality
Flood management
Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Urban Space and Biodiversity Biodiversity
Urban space design
Urban space management
Urban Regeneration and Soil Air quality at district/city scale
Resource efficiency Food, energy and water
Raw materials
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
Environmental justice and social cohesion Environmental Justice: Recognition
Environmental Justice: Procedural Justice
Environmental Justice: Distributional Justice
Environmental Justice: Capabilities
Environmental Justice: Responsibility
Social Cohesion
Urban planning and governance Urban planning and form
Governance in planning
People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
Green economy Circular economy
Bioeconomy activities
Direct economic value of NBS
Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? Market • Social enterprises / social entrepreneurs
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
Global Estimated cost of the project -
Cluster cluster3_citizen_inclusion
FM • Crowdfunding • Volunteering
Description of the financing mechanism -
Business Model
Class Type Description
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_driversGeneration of evidence Collaboration • Research on cost effectiveness; • Networks -
Governance_driversProcess efficiencies Co-creation and participation • Action thinking approach; • Cross sectorial spaces and partnerships
Economy_driversDe-risking Create conditions for new business models and finance schemes; Cooperative competition; Real estate• Sharing risks;
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversUncertainty • Operational unknown • Performance unknown
Economy_driversBudget constraints • Lack of funding knowledge
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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