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Healthy, liveable towns and cities

Unhealthy lifestyles, unsafe situations in the living environment, poor air, soil and surface-water quality, problems caused by rainfall. Just a selection of the issues facing towns, cities and citizens nowadays. Complex issues that require solutions. And an integrated approach. Because the problems are often so complex that they can no longer be solved by one single sector.

So five organisations have joined forces. Since November 2013 RIVM, TNO, KNMI, the University of Utrecht and Deltares have been collaborating at the Healthy Urban Living Knowledge Centre. The centre provides integrated knowledge aimed at ensuring that people can live a long, independent, healthy life together in clean, sustainable, prosperous towns and cities.

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Knowledge centre

At the knowledge centre, joint research is carried out and measurement/monitoring programmes, databases and models about healthy urban living are combined. The aim is to manage and process all the relevant data and to make these accessible to government, citizens and industry. The knowledge centre is also in discussion with the municipality and the province of Utrecht to select projects in which the added value of the centre can come into its own.