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New cultural map for Regional Energy Strategy

From 28 October 2019, the Regional Energy Strategy (RES) region Rivierenland can use a new map. The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, with the cooperation of the municipalities in the region and the province of Gelderland, has developed a map showing the cultural-historical features and characteristics of the landscape. This map is the first in a series of maps covering all RES regions. The map is offered in paper form to the RES region Rivierenland, but is also available as a GIS viewer. The digital maps of the other RES regions can also be found here. The map is part of a guide that helps the region to take into account the characteristics of the cultural landscape when drawing up a Regional Energy Strategy.

Characteristics and identity area

The Netherlands is divided into thirty energy regions. Municipalities, provinces and water boards are working together within the region on a Regional Energy Strategy. The RES is an instrument for making joint choices for the generation of sustainable electricity, the heat transition in the built environment and the required storage and energy infrastructure.

Regional Energy Strategy (RES)

The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands is committed to integrating heritage into spatial developments. In weighing up strategic choices and area-oriented customization, the National Environmental Vision (NOVI) is based on the principle Characteristics and identity of the area are central. Cultural history and landscape, specific to our identity, determine to a large extent whether society experiences spatial development as appropriate.

Changing landscape

Our landscape has changed regularly over the centuries as we had new needs and wishes. At the moment we are once again facing a major transition: how do we carefully make room for sustainable energy sources in our living environment?

Broadly speaking, three strategies can be followed when integrating wind turbines, solar parks and biomass: maintaining, integrating or transforming. These three strategies provide guidance when integrating sustainable energy production into the landscape. For every region, a tailor-made design is the best guarantee for careful handling of the cultural-historical qualities of an area.

Published on
31 October 2019

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