Our delta region is vulnerable to climate change. That is why Climate Campus, the network in the region of Zwolle and the IJssel-Vechtdelta, wants to make a difference by accelerating climate adaptation.
We believe that we can only accelerate if we step up collaboration and work together in different and smart ways. That is why the founding fathers – Province of Overijssel, Water Board Drents Overijsselse Delta and the municipalities of Zwartewaterland, Kampen and Zwolle – started this network in 2017.
The network of various parties, from governments, leading consultancies, companies, entrepreneurs, educational and research institutions and social organizations and even residents, offers unique opportunities to investigate how we can make breakthroughs with climate adaptation because various parties start initiatives together.
We use society in the Delta region as a living lab in which everyone, residents, entrepreneurs, students, etc., can contribute their (experience) expertise. This creates new knowledge, products, services and scalable innovations that meet the needs of real people.
As a foundation we want to boost and facilitate this. Not by being a project agency, but by bringing together knowledge, resources and interests as a “broker” and thus “making the pie bigger”. That is why we are experimenting with a new governance that can break through organizational boundaries and channels to put area focused collaboration on regional and national challenges at the forefront.
With unparalleled passion, a good dose of creativity and a keen eye for the opportunities for climate adaptation, we connect parties in the network. We offer a platform to draw attention to initiatives and hope they can inspire anyone who can contribute to a climate-resilient delta region.
Is your organization or initiative looking for opportunities to contribute to a climate resilient, economically powerful and confident society in the IJssel-Vechtdelta?
We distinguish six themes:
- spatial adaptation
- biodiversity and climate adaptation
- social innovation
- rural areas and climate adaptation
- new economy, mobility and climate adaptation.
Climate Campus is funded by the founding fathers, the Province of Overijssel, Drents Overijsselse water board and the municipality of Zwolle. The Climate Campus foundation helps the network to connect and increase innovation and implementation power. The foundation brings together a variety of issues and network partners. The link between the professional network and the local community is unique. By matching interests, knowledge and money, new knowledge is created and work from multiple organisations can be integrated.
Board of Climate Campus foundation
The board of the foundation consists of representatives from education and research and leading consultancies and social organizations in the field of climate adaptation.
Climate Campus Bureau
The Bureau consists of advisors and employees from the organizations of the Founding Fathers: Drents Overijssels Delta water board, municipalities Kampen and Zwolle and Province of Overijssel (vacancy).
The Advisory Board consists of a broad representation of scientists, entrepreneurs, water and climate professionals, administrators and decision-makers from society. The advisory council meets twice a year and advises the Climate Campus Board.