Middelburg is the administrative center of the province of Zeeland. The city received city rights in 1217 and is in the top 10 of most important monumental cities in the Netherlands. The municipality provides for more than 48,000 inhabitants.
The city is located near the Zeeland coast and is flanked by the waters of the Oosterschelde and the Westerschelde. The effects of climate change will therefore become increasingly apparent in Middelburg.
When it comes to tackling these problems, there is an important task for Middelburg. The municipality of Middelburg has recognized responsibility and is committed to a sustainable environmental policy that also contributes – insofar as this is possible – to tackling these cross-border challenges.
Middelburg is ambitious in the field of the environment and sustainability. The municipality received the ECO XXI Award for its sustainability policy, as the first municipality in the Netherlands to be awarded with the predicate Gold. Middelburg has the ambition to be energy-neutral by 2050. To achieve this goal, steps have to be taken now.
Of the 4 climate change themes, flood risk, heavy rainfall, drought and heat, heat is the theme where the risk of mortality is greatest. So it is an important theme. Middelburg is also the trigger of the heat theme for the whole of Zeeland.
We let students participate in the research into effects and possible forms of habitat design. Part of Cool Towns is a measurement program. This is intended to measure the effect of the sea on heat stress. And also to measure the degree of heat stress in a rural province.
By participating in Cool Towns, Middelburg hopes to gain more insight into the effects of heat stress. We also want to find out which measures actually have an effect on lowering the (emotional) temperature.