Holland and Canada launch Resilient Cities partnership
On 3 February 2017, the Dutch ambassador in Ottawa, Henk van der Zwan, and the Canadian ambassador in Holland, Sabine Nölke, launched the Dutch Partnership for Resilient Cities in Canada. This public-private partnership unites Dutch corporations, knowledge institutes and the government to work together in the field of urban development.
More and more people are moving to cities, so there is an ever growing need for sustainable solutions for issues to do with energy, smart infrastructure and mobility. To keep cities resilient, the Dutch work on solutions with the joint efforts of companies, knowledge institutions and governmental organisations.
The Dutch approach
Canada and the Netherlands have worked together on urban development projects in the past, such as Waterfront Toronto and Blachford, an area north of Edmonton.
The Dutch integrated approach is an example to Canada. The combination of knowledge and experience, while working with local stakeholders, makes the Dutch position unique and valuable. It’s not only sustainable, but also time and cost efficient.
Successful Dutch business development in North America did not go unnoticed, especially in New York (after hurricane Sandy) and New Orleans (after Katrina).
The Partnership for Resilient Cities combines various disciplines: special strategies, urban systems, energy, water and land. The co-operation will build upon the positive experiences with Dutch-Canadian co-operation.
The initiative combines the top sectors water and energy with integrated urban development and the creative industries. It will focus on Toronto first, and then expand to other cities in Canada.
The public-private partnership is organised by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs trough their Partners for International Business programme. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency coordinates the programme.