Further developing and integrating Ede's municipal food, environmental and planning policies by formulating goals and distinguishing key indicators for monitoring Ede's agrifood system and its natural capital

Ede Living Lab

Ede is located in the heart of the Netherlands, has around 115,000 inhabitants, two-thirds of whom reside in Ede-City. Its large rural area is home to several villages, intensive poultry and pork production, and the renowned De Hoge Veluwe National Park and Kröller-Müller Museum. As a typical representative of Dutch poly-centric urbanisation and part of the national Food Valley region, Ede is actively involved in crafting an urban food policy that aspires to integrate municipal policy areas such as public health, social welfare and sustainable regional development.

By actively mobilizing and engaging relevant stakeholders, the Ede Living Lab will further concentrate on better eco-system service delivery with the help of customized, participatory spatial planning tools, and explore how to facilitate rural business models that build on regional farming style diversification, novel forms of territory-based cooperation and different types of offset mechanisms between public and private goods.

Latest Live Case

Live Cases are a real-time journaling process for the Living Lab case studies. Follow along quarterly to learn more about the experiences and lessons learned taking place in the ROBUST Living Labs.

Tue 13 Jul

Live Case 6: Making Transition Happen in the Rural-urban Fringe

In The Netherlands (and especially in Ede) the rural and the urban are strongly interwoven at the local scale: rural inhabitants work in (nearby) towns and villages, while urban dwellers use the countryside for recreational and leisure activities and/or purchase locally produced goods and...


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ROBUST is a European research project involving 24 partners from 11 countries. ROBUST receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727988.

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