In the western world, the majority of the landscape has been developed by humans. And in crowded countries like the Netherlands, surface areas have multiple uses and therefore layers of functionality. Sometimes these functionalities change or need to be redeveloped. However, due to climate change and changing society, we need a fundamentally new way of spatial development which provides room for a climate constrained society.
Solutions to limit the effects of climate change can only be found by cross-sector cooperation, integrating multiple viewpoints and respecting the various layers of functionality. As such we need to approach challenges as a system. Only by a full spatial analysis of all possible sources, networking and linking different information sources in a logical way while keeping the overview, we can provide a solid solution. Systems thinking, ecosystem approaches (ecosystem services) and sustainability go hand in hand.
Tailor made solution
For this exchange programme this means we need to fully comprehend what our client needs and why, before we can come with a tailor made solution. We need to take ownership and full responsibility of the project. In this programme you will obtain insight in the spatial challenges to climate change and its effects. You will learn to unravel what the true challenge is by analyzing all different parts (i.e. ecology, water management and soil, as well as uses related to these subjects). Eventually, you will learn the future of spatial development.
Our exchange programme Water management, Ecology and Climate Change takes on the challenge by offering various projects and courses relating to system Earth. Our goal is to educate professionals which can help create a more resilient Earth. We offer practical, hands-on projects in which students work together on real and urgent issues. These issues are international in scope and require a holistic way of thinking. We will help you acquire the right skills and competencies to tackle these issues, now and in the future.