Non-government landscape investment

Increasingly, governments come to the conclusion they cannot bear the financial burden by themselves. At the same time, private landscape initiatives by companies and citizen collectives are mushrooming in many places. Welcome to the age of Landvestors.

Coming up: Expert meeting Landvestors, July 16th, with keynote speaker Kjell Schmidt of the Regionalpark Rhein Main (online, invitation only)

Learning from best practices

We’re in at time of growing interests and ambitions regarding the Dutch landscape, also when it comes to Dutch politics and planning. In addition to vision and design, these ambitions require funds. Investing in the landscape is high on the agenda because of climate change, preservation of cultural history and the stimulation of healthy living and a good economic establishment climate.

Dutch landscape initiatives, public or private, can learn from each other’s financing practice as well as from good examples in other countries. Despite the tradition of privately funded estates in the 17th century, the Netherlands is not very experienced when it comes to contemporary ways of private financing of landscape. Sharing landscape experience has been the motivation for our program ‘Landschap als Vestigingsvoorwaarde’, including publications such as Blind Spot, a lively Community of Practice (CoP) and events such as the Landscape Triennial.

“In the Netherlands, everyone expects two things to be always free of charge: the weather and the landscape.” – Nicole Hoven, Vereniging Natuurmonumenten (in Spot On, 2017)

Donation, crowdfunding or business model

With financial support by the Creative Industries Fund, the Landvestors project realizes a quickscan of emerging forms of non-government landscape financing. To promote crossovers between spatial/landscape design and the economic and financial disciplines, we illustrate lessons learned from foreign and Dutch practices, and discuss these with landscape and financial professionals. Which forms of financing are revelant for the Dutch context? How do the funding mechanisms work and how can Dutch stakeholders start to use them? And how does our relationship with the landscape change, when we pay for it privately instead of collectively?

The 12 practices are divided in the categories donation, crowdfunding and business model. Lessons learned and results of the expert meeting are combined in a compact handbook.

  • Bentway Park (CA)
  • Peninsula Open Space Trust (USA)
  • Regional Park Rhein-Main (DE)
  • (NL)
  • Landpark Assisië (NL)
  • Seats4Silence (NL)
  • Smaakpark (NL)
  • Land van Ons (NL)
Business model
  • Arctic Paper (SE)
  • Boeren Van Amstel (NL)
  • Verstegen Spices (NL/ID)
  • Park-inclusive development (NL)
Donation, Crowdfunding, Business model, Vereniging Deltametropool Donation, Crowdfunding, Business model, Vereniging Deltametropool.
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