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Who are potential partners?

Private individuals:  Members of the public can be important partners, if encouraged to think about the future of their neighbourhood.  Contests can be a helpful tool in this regard.  In addition, individuals do considerable work as volunteers for nature organizations, and they make great contributions to the biodiversity in an area, in the choices they make for their back gardens or allotments.  Rural residents can exercise significant influence on the biodiversity around their property.     

Also read: Getting civilians involved

 

Local nature centres:  Nature centres have access to information and often an extensive network of people eager to work for environmental causes.

 

Local civil society organizations:  These organizations include neighbourhood associations or community centres, or action groups organized around a specific local theme. 

 

The city's urban ecologist:  Some cities enlist the services of an urban ecologist.  Urban ecologists know about city policy and about the species present in the area, so they can help assess the feasibility of an initiative.  They can also help point the way to the appropriate agencies for permits, for example, or resources on a particular area of expertise.  If your city does not have an urban ecologist, the local authority will have a department responsible for nature.  

 

Business community:  The local business community is often organized in associations that work on behalf of the public (e.g. business clubs, Rotary Club, Lions Club).  And biodiversity can also contribute to an attractive business climate.  In the recreational sector, biodiversity often forms part of the business's product, so business people in the sector can be important partners for initiatives involving biodiversity. 

 

The local authorities:  The local authorities can be an invaluable partner in creating room for your planned activities and removing stumbling blocks.  Examples of contributions include using spatial planning policy to make space available for strengthening biodiversity.  Contributions to biodiversity can be integrated in neighbourhood renovation projects, new residential developments, business parks, city water management, etc.  Dutch local authorities that are already active on biodiversity issues, such as in Leiden, Amersfoort, and numerous other municipalities in the Noord-Brabant, can serve as examples and resources for other areas. 

 

The province:  The province plays a key role as regional director.  Provinces can be an important partner in, for example, making business parks more sustainable.  A number of Dutch provinces, such as Noord-Brabant, Zuid-Holland, and Zeeland, conduct policy that actively addresses biodiversity.  This makes room for new ideas.