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The province of Zuid-Holland has become the lead partner of the water safety project FRAMES (Flood Resilient Areas by Multi-layEr Safety). FRAMES will be launched on 1October 2016, for a period of three years. Eight (8) million euro are available, half of which is financed by Interreg.
Climate change poses a challenge for peripheral and maritime regions, as well as an opportunity for broader and deeper cooperation on concrete actions on the ground. This is the main message conveyed by Rogier van der Sande, Regional Minister of South Holland and Vice-President of the CPMR on Energy&Climate in the occasion of a CPMR workshop on adaptation to climate change in Nantes during the Climate Chance world Summit 26-29 September.
Together with Peter Heij, director-general of spatial development and water affairs, Zuid-Holland regional minister Rik Janssen opened the two-day international symposium on the Sand Motor on 14 September 2016. The results of the first five years' research into the Sand Motor were presented on the opening day.
The Zuid-Holland provincial executive teamed up with environmental federation Natuur- en Milieufederatie Zuid-Holland and the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability to set up the Circular Zuid-Holland Challenge. The aim of the challenge is to pool as many ideas as possible for a green future and economic growth.
The arrival of YES!Delft Labs gives Delft University of Technology's Technopolis Science Park an additional 2,500m2 office space and 900m2 laboratory space for innovative startups and growing companies. Zuid-Holland province helped to finance the project. Delft University of Technology is offering technological and industrial biotech businesses the opportunity for further development. YES!Delft Labs is now officially open.
A care farm, a knowledge centre for sustainable production technology or a rural conference centre: all these are typical examples of new functions in rural areas. Private individuals, businesses and social organisations in the Holland Rijnland and Polders met Waarden regions are all eligible to apply for grants for innovative rural development projects. Both regions have been given 'LEADER' status. That means they are entitled to claim grants under the 'POP3' rural development programme (Plattelandsontwikkelingsprogramma).
Zuid-Holland has a wealth of listed monuments and other objects of cultural heritage. These range from windmills, country estates and farms to the remains of Roman settlements. The provincial executive board aims to attract swelling visitor numbers to all these sites. Cultureel Erfgoed 2017-2020, the new policy report approved by the executive board on 6 September 2016, has a strong focus on accessibility and education.
The Provincial Executive paid a visit to the Heerema Innovation Centre in Zwijndrecht on 6 September to learn more about practical developments in the area of innovation in the maritime sector. The centre was set up by the Heerema Fabrication Group to develop new and improved technologies for the offshore industry.
Zuid-Holland Province is joining Dutch, Belgian, German and British partners in a bid to make inland waterway shipping cleaner over the next four years. The province is lead partner in the CLean INland SHipping (CLINSH) project, set up to show that emission levels on inland waterways can be reduced.
Zuid-Holland Province proposes to speed up the transition to clean energy by allocating € 35 million to a planned new Energy Innovation Fund. The plan stems from the Energy Agenda adopted by the provincial executive on 5 July. The Provincial Council is scheduled to handle the Energy Agenda and proposed investment strategy for the Energy Innovation Fund on 12 October.