Netherland won the price Green Cities Europe Award with the project “Greening & Biodiversity” i Alkmaar. They transformed hard, grey surfaces to soft, beutiful and green areas. Areas that are attractive for both humans and insects. Mini parks for biodiversity, a Quick-Win method to transform local urban spaces from grey into green.


Before transformation

Surrounded by polders and crossed by canals, Alkmaar is a charming Dutch city, famous for its cheese market. It is also a dynamic city, which chose a local pragmatic approach to address our current environmental challenges. Knowing that plant solutions are effective to fight urban warming, flooding risks and loss of biodiversity, Alkmaar is developing its “Greening & Biodiversity” program. In just a few months various neglected sealed spaces were transformed into local green oases.


After transformation

Read more about the award here: Green Cities Europe Award