About Eindhoven

The City of Eindhoven is one of the five largest cities in The Netherlands with 230,000 inhabitants, while the Eindhoven region has more than 750,000 inhabitants. The city is one of the three economic engines of The Netherlands, delivering 14% of the national GDP. Eindhoven is the central, urbanised hub within the Brainport high-tech region in the south-east of the Netherlands, known as a centre of innovation, ICT, knowledge and design. 

Eindhoven is facing serious challenges due to rapid population growth. The population is estimated to increase from 220,000 in 2014 to 300,000 by 2030. Critical issues for the city, which are exacerbated by climate change, include flooding, urban heat stress, air pollution, and lower quality of life. The rapid urbanisation in recent years has also led to the disappearance of significant blue zones, which has had detrimental consequences to the urban environment and quality of life.

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Eindhoven's NBS Demonstration Areas

Several locations within the Eindhoven city centre with different characteristics constitute Eindhoven's demonstration areas for nature-based solutions. 

Eindhoven has implemented green spaces in several streets within the city, which previously were completely paved. By using less pavement, less water is channeled into the sewerage system, which reduces the risk for flooding. The city is currently greening the Vestdijk area and reducing traffic to improve air quality, while also improving the quality of the existing green areas to enhance the liveability of the street.

The city will also implement several nature-based solutions in the Victoria Park, which used to be a parking place for the cars belonging to the employees of the Philips company. Many of the parking places have now been removed and a lawn has been planted. 

The Clausplein will be reconstructed and the plan is to add trees and other green infrastructure to the square. A green roof will also be implemented on one the buildings surrounding the square. Further, the city is planning to implement a green wall on Mathildelaan and a green roof on a public building.

Our Urban Challenges

Our Urban Challenges

Air pollution
Biodiversity loss
Climate driven health issues
Densification
Flooding
Heat stress
Our Nature-based Solutions

Our Nature-based Solutions

Bioswale
Green facade
Green roof
Tree group

Partners Involved in Eindhoven's NBS Implementation

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Related Information

The effectiveness of NBS to reduce pluvial flooding risks in Eindhoven

Like many other cities, Eindhoven suffered from urban expansion that was not accompanied by adequate upgrades to sewer and storm water networks. This has led to an increase in urban flooding, consequential property and infrastructure damage and associated costs. To counter this, the Eindhoven municipality has developed various near future and future adaptation measures that foresee the implementation of certain NBS to reduce pluvial flooding.

NBS performance monitoring in the front-runner cities

Year 2019 marked the advancement and near finalisation of NBS planning and construction in the UNaLab front-runner cities. During the latter half of 2019, the cities have been working with the project’s technical partners to identify a suite of relevant key performance indicators (KPIs) that will provide essential information about the performance and impact of the NBS being implemented.

Co-creating nature-based solutions: barriers to adoption in the city of Eindhoven

In October last year, the Eindhoven University of Technology and Eindhoven Municipality arranged a workshop to identify barriers to the adoption of an urban living lab concept for the implementation of nature-based solutions (NBS). The aim for this workshop was to find specific issues which keep those actors from collaborating with each other.

The Game of Nature-based Solutions in Eindhoven

At the ENoLL OpenLivingLab Days, which took place in Geneva in August 2018, the Municipality of Eindhoven hosted a co-creation workshop on the application of nature-based solutions, using the inner city of Eindhoven as their testing ground. The objective of the workshop was to share our knowledge on the implementation of NBS and to let participants experiment with NBS.

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