How citizens and companies (could) invest in our landscapes


Image from: Landvestors, Vereniging Deltametropool 

Increasingly, governments come to the conclusion they cannot bear the financial burden of landscape development and maintenance 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.

Vereniging Deltametropool)* initiated a project to learn from the best practices. And say what: we were honoured that 

Seats4silence is one of the 12 cases they studied

Quick scan non-government landscape financing

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 relevant 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?

Donation, crowdfunding and business model

The 12 practices are divided in three categories: donation, crowdfunding and business model. For each, the financial model is sketched, a map is drawn and key information is gathered. Lessons learned, reflections on the potential of each case to be scaled up in the Dutch context, as well as the results of the expertmeeting (July 2020) are combined in this compact handbook for landvestors.  

Read more and download the handbook here >> 

)* Vereniging Deltametropool is initiator van onafhankelijk ontwerpend onderzoek naar metropoolontwikkeling in Nederland en de Eurodelta-metropool. We coördineren onderzoeksprojecten, doen zelf onderzoek, delen kennis en adviseren.