Dutch cities lack green lungs

8th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

Date: 8 June 2006, AMSTERDAM-The government is not investing enough in parks and green areas in cities, says the council for rural areas. Cities are getting built up and no space is being reserved for green areas, the council said.

Date: 8 June 2006

AMSTERDAM-The government is not investing enough in parks and green areas in cities, says the council for rural areas. Cities are getting built up and no space is being reserved for green areas, the council said.

If the situation continued the result would be a ‘city infarct’, the council warned in an advisory document 'A Right to Green' that it presented today to minister of nature Cees Veerman (CDA) and minister of housing, spatial planning and environment Sybilla Dekker (VVD).

‘Green areas in urban areas are important because they improve the liveability of cities and the health of citizens who live in them, as well as making a positive contribution to the economy and biodiversity,’ the council said.. On average city councils were reserving less than two per cent of the total building ground for green areas, the council said.

‘The government and local authorities should take more responsibility for the quality of the green areas [in our cities]," the council said. Ministries should coordinate their efforts better, as well as provincial and local authorities. The council said that more social partners should become involved in the development of green areas, such as district associations and motoring organisation ANWB.

Research carried out by the council earlier had shown that 17 of the 30 biggest cities in the Netherlands had less than the agreed 75 square metres of green area per household. The ANWB says that 300 square metres per household are a basic requirement. To realize this goal would cost cities more than €55 million per year, the document said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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