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A green plus for climate adaptation

The consequences of our changing climate are increasingly visible. Dry, hot summers cause heat records and water shortages, and heavy rainfall leads to flooded streets and water damage. We at Nature^Squared see nature-based solutions and green infrastructure as the solution to arm cities and villages…

Demystifying Green Finance

Last week, the “Demystifying Green Finance” paper was presented during the yearly Valuing Nature conference at the Royal Society in London. An accessible publication aiming to shed some light on the upcoming topic of Green Finance. There is a growing interest in the finance and…

Alumni event

Last Friday, we held our third annual alumni-event. Over the last 7 years over 30 Bachelor and Master students have done their research internship or work experience placement with us. An absolute pleasure to stay in touch with this beautiful group of passionate people. We…

Accounting for a Better Planet

Nature^Squared has developed a hands-on framework, coined Accounting for A Better Planet, to support companies to integrate their impacts and dependencies on natural capital in their business model. We have implemented this approach with a Dutch launching customer in the food sector. Over the summer,…

Exploring the future of the Holendrechterpolder

On behalf of Stichting Duurzaam Agrarisch Natuurbeheer (DAN), Vogelbescherming, and Landschap Noord-Holland, Nature^Squared has carried out an exploration into the Holendrechterpolder.   The Holendrechterpolder is a unique area, situated in between two major highways leading to Amsterdam: the A2 en A9. It’s a small area…

Food Forest business models

Over the past six months, a group of three HAS students has been commissioned by the research group Innovative Entrepreneurship for Rural Development to conduct research on business models for food forest in the Netherlands. The main conclusion is that food forests have a positive…

Green Crown competition 2019

By organizing nature competition ‘’de Groene Kroon’’, the province of Utrecht encourages everyone to protect the valuable nature in Utrecht. The theme of 2019: nature in and around the built environment. For this second edition, Nature^Squared has again been asked to help to organize the…

Greener.LAND

We are very proud to officially launch Greener.LAND this Saturday during the 2019 Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn. Greener.LAND is an easy-to-use, intuitive, free and open-access online tool to educate and assist landscape practitioners on restoring their landscapes. Greener.LAND has been developed as a collaboration…

Tiny houses? New nature!

It’s not easy to develop additional natural areas in the Netherlands. Nevertheless, we have agreed that by 2027 we want to realize 80.000 hectares of extra nature. This is stated in the Nature Pact between the 12 provinces and the central government. So many hectares…

Amstel Farmers Dairy

We are proud of Boeren van Amstel, a great new dairy brand that makes a direct positive contribution to the conservation of meadow birds in the Netherlands. We are also proud that we have seen this idea come to life as a committed partner and…

The foreign office

Last Friday, during “The Foregin Office” (Bureau Buitenland) NPO Radio 1 broadcasted an interview about the approach that Nature^Squared has developed to break the pattern of global biodiversity loss. Sterkur, producer of physiotherapy products, has already implemented this approach in its business model. It is…

Serious game: Urban Green Finance

During the Grow Green conference in Manchester, Tom Kools presented our newly developed serious game ‘’Urban Green Finance’’ and played the game with a group of enthusiastic participants from municipalities throughout Europe. The best way to learn is by doing. This game aims to engage…

Pig perfume

What could art mean for the transition in the agricultural sector? Artist Cathalijne Smulders and architect Tanja Schell worked for a project of the CALL (Circular Art Lab Limburg) to define the smell of pigs and the pig farming industry. When people think of the…

Together for nature!

How do you take care of the quality of life in the future in cities and villages for both animals and humans? And how do you make sure that nature and economic projects will not bother each other? Tom is leading a Community of Practise…

Crop Field/Nature Field

The Crop Field/Nature field project brings together crop agriculture and biodiversity in one and the same acre of land. A radically different approach, but feasible nevertheless, it created a landscape design and crop rotation that combines economic outputs with biodiversity levels similar to nature reserves….

Climate adaptation and biodiversity

Benthe about her project: “I am currently working on the linking of biodiversity to climate adaptation. Adaptation of the city to the changing climate, climate adaptation, is on the agenda of many municipalities in the Netherlands. Municipalities plant, for example, more greenery for water storage…