Green Cities Fit for Life

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‘s-Hertogenbosch, meaning Duke’s Forest, is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and the capital of the province of Noord-Brabant. The municipality comprises of 9,179 hectares and has a population of 144,000 inhabitants which is expected to increase to 162,000 by 2030.


‘s-Hertogenbosch is directly surrounded by three internationally important Natura 2000 areas: Vlijmens Ven, Moerputten and the Bossche Broek. It is also important to note that the province of Noord- Brabant is situated between three highly industrial areas: the Randstad (The Netherlands), the Ruhr Area (Germany) and Antwerp (Belgium).


‘s-Hertogenbosch is well provided with green spaces for nature and biodiversity which it safeguards and strives to increase through significant conservation programmes in the city. Conservation is prioritised for an array of species, particularly butterfly-related projects.


In 2011 the city was declared the Cycling City of the Netherlands, and has a high quality network of bicycle paths, bike streets, bike lanes and bike highways. This is reflected by the significant 2.17m/capita of bicycle lanes that are developed. The city was also awarded the national Dutch ‘EAward’ in 2013.


‘s-Hertogenbosch demonstrates an integrated approach and exemplary repurposing of brownfield sites in an integrated way. The former Gruyterfabriek and Verkadefabriek factories in the Paleiskwartier district have been renovated and seek to overcome challenges including mobility, air, noise, green areas, waste management, eco-innovation and energy requirements.