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Liveable communities lunch meeting - How to use the nitrogen crisis to tackle other major crises

Thursday 30 September 2021
Liveable communities – Liveable Planet
Hybrid (online in Teams and in person at the Van Steenis Building)

You are invited to join us for the fifth lunch meeting of the Liveable Planet programme. This lunch meeting will be presented in a hybrid format: in the Van Steenis Building (room will be announced later) and online (see Teams link at the bottom of this page).



Short introduction | all webcams on 


Prof. Jan Willem Erisman will take the stage for his presentation, see details below. The presentation will be followed by an opportunity to discuss the topic and ask questions

New perspectives for rural areas - how to use the nitrogen crisis to tackle other major crisis

The Netherlands is in the top 5 of most happy people. At the same time, we are experiencing several crises such as the nitrogen, climate, biodiversity, housing, and sustainable energy crisis. The current policy mainly addresses short-term problems in isolation and does not look far ahead, with new problems looming on the horizon. The main issues accumulate in rural areas where the tension between economic development and ecology becomes more and more apparent and claims for space exceed the available space. 
This is why we developed a proposal that will ease both short-term and long-term problems. We have chosen the international obligations that the Netherlands has to fulfil as a starting point. By solving the nitrogen problem via a spatial approach in the short term we create room and propose approaches to tackle other major challenges and thus provide a new perspective for the rural area. In this lecture, the proposal will be presented and it will be discussed how this can contribute to the Leiden Liveable Planet programme. 
The report (in Dutch) can be read or downloaded at: www.OntspannenNederland.nl

Liveable communities – Liveable Planet

The Liveable Planet programme is one of the eight interdisciplinary programmes that were launched at Leiden University in 2020

Leiden’s Liveable Planet programme aims to combine scientific, policy, socio-cultural and historical/archaeological research at Leiden University into coherent research with which we can tackle the major challenges of a transition to a habitable planet with ecological sustainability. The programme will  serve as a hub for the wide range of relevant research carried out within Leiden University and welcomes interaction with colleagues interested in contributing to the initiative within as well as outside of Leiden University.

Liveable communities – Liveable Planet

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