Ostend, is a vibrant cosmopolitan city and municipality situated along the Belgian coastline in the Province of West-Flanders. With over five and half miles of sandy beaches, a royal history to look back on and an omnipresent first-rate seafood gastronomy, Ostend is often distinguished as the ‘Queen of sea-side resorts’.
It is located midway along the Belgian coast with an ever growing population of 72.000 inhabitants. On peak days, the population explodes to as much as 300.000 people.
The city is on the verge of transformation to become a more resilient, smart and sustainable future proof city. A lot of the current ongoing initiatives and future plans are related to this strategy. With the approval of the Covenant of Mayors in 2010 and the local Energy Plan, the necessary measures and initiatives to reduce the local carbon footprint in policymaking are taken into account.
Following these climate (adaptation) ambitions, the pilot site at the Lijnbaanstraat within the Cool Towns-project, can further contribute to tackle the heat issue and the overall greening of the city centre.
Within this project, Ostend is keen on exchanging its knowledge and learn from the other partners. In this context, Ostend wants to present itself as the future model of resilience and sustainability.
Ostend in a glance:
Area: 37.7 km²
Pilot: Lijnbaanstraat (near the main shopping streets)