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N84 | Green Template

Overview Summary Objectives Outcomes Partners

Lead Partner City of Tilburg
Contact Person Dr. G. Hauser
Position within organisation: Manager Public Affairs and Project Finance
Telephone number : 00 31 13 542 9711
Fax number : 00 31 13 542 9309
Email address :
Website :
Project type : Action and investment for measures: Action project
Partners involved :
Relevant measure(s) : 4.1.
Total eligible cost (€)
Summary Top
A good ecological structure is vital for the optimum functioning of a city in relation to its surrounding area. Economic growth and increase in population lead to expansion of the city. This takes place at the expense of (greenbelt) open spaces such as arable farmland, nature reserves, and recreation areas. This causes tension between proponents of economic growth and proponents of nature conservation. In order to prevent nature becoming the victim of urban expansion, the city of Tilburg and a number of organizations concerned with nature conservation and agriculture, together with various district water boards and the province started a project called ‘De Groene Mal’ (The Green Template). The Green Template project is a representation in terms of environmental planning of the cohesive ecological structure around the city of Tilburg and the rural centres of Udenhout and Berkel-Enschot. The project is determinant for the environmental planning of the city of Tilburg and its surrounding areas. The Green Template partners have set down a number of agreements in a covenant about the development of the natural environment around Tilburg until 2015. Every year the municipality of Tilburg deposits a sum of € 250,000 into a Regional Nature Fund for the purpose of buying land to complete the Green Template and/or of buying pieces of land to compensate for the loss of nature areas as a result of the construction of new housing estates or industrial estates. The project also ensures that environmentally harmful companies are moved out of vulnerable areas. This is a costly business due to the investments that the company concerned needs to make at its new location. The funds made available by the municipality are not sufficient for this. Applications for subsidy have been made for these costly projects.
Objectives Top
The key objective of this project is to preserve and develop the natural heritage of the Tilburg region. More specifically: a) Environmental protection and improvement; b) Nature conservation and bio-diversity.
Outcomes Top
A cohesive ecological structure around the city of Tilburg.
Partners Top
cities&regions transport&it water&flood risks nature&heritage seas&ports