Lecture on greener residential areas by Hein van Bohemen – 13 March

Lecture (in Dutch) by Dr Hein van Bohemen about the importance of greening our residential areas in times of climate change.
Time: Monday 13 March 2017, at 20.00 hrs
Location: Maranatha Church, 2e Sweelinckstraat 156; paid parking! (after 18.00 hrs)

On 22 April 2016 Secretary of State Dijksma signed a new climate agreement that aims at reducing the warming up of the earth to less than two degrees.
What does that mean for The Hague? Last year temperature measurements were made and they showed a great difference in temperature between the town and the surounding country. In certain streets and squares in The Hague differences up to ten degrees were measued on a summer day. Apart from a decrease of CO2 emission, to prevent further warming up  one must create a balance by cooling via vaporization of water, sufficiently moisturizing the air, shade on  squares paved with tiles, etc.

In 2017 the Community Council Archipel&Willemspark wants to draw the attention to measures that citizens themselves can take. It need not be huge interventions. A small intervention can have a great impact.
An expert in this field is Dr Hein van Bohemen, specialist in the field of ecology and eco-engineering, connecting technique and nature. He is known for his very inspiring lectures that make the listeners long to get to work on the subject themselves.
That is why the community organisations of Archipel&Willemspark, Statenkwartier and Duinoord invited Mr van Bohemen for an informative evening. He reacted with enthousiasm and promised to give a lecture on Monday 13 March at 20.00 hrs in the Maranatha Church (Duinoord).
His plan is to give a survey by means of a presentation of various eco systems. He will speak about the aspects water, soil, air, plants and animals and he will explain what measures can be taken to prevent and moderate the effects of urbanisation, about the importance of disconnecting  drainpipes and how the rain water can inspire us to see and experience the water in our district, how one can use this water for flowerbeds and borders and water bowls where birds can drink and bathe; how green walls and roofs can make the surroundings more liveable for plants, animals and human beings. Practical ideas will be raised for a garden lay out that is climate resistant and its upkeep. He will give examples of how other towns tackle the problem of preventing the warming up.

Hein van Bohemen worked for the Natuurbeschermingsraad,  Rijkswaterstaat and the Technische Universiteit in Delft. He is interested and knowledgeable in the field of ecology, landscape ecology and eco-engineering – connecting technique and nature for the  benefit of man and nature. Together with twenty co-authors he published a book about the subject in 2012: Eco-engineering: een symbiose van harde en zachte systemen (Eco-engineering: a symbiosis of hard and soft systems).

31 February 2017, Den Haag Stadsbeelden (MM)