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Ghent crowdfunding platform realising climate change adaptation through urban greening

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This case study was originally published on the Climate-ADAPT website – for more information please visit the case study pageClimate-ADAPT aims to support Europe in adapting to climate change by helping users to access and share data and information. The platform includes the Climate-ADAPT database that contains quality checked information that can be easily searched.


Ghent aims at realizing more green areas in response to climate change and actively seeks citizen involvement to achieve this. Many of these small-scale projects however have difficulty developing into a successful project through the available financing mechanisms. Therefore, Ghent has developed a crowdfunding platform that allows citizens to propose and finance their ideas for the city.

Two projects addressing climate adaptation have been successfully realized with support of the platform: one project encouraging urban farming and the other one realising edible streets. Although  the crowdfunding platform gradually evolved over time towards mainly funding socio-cultural initiatives, it has the potential to be an excellent instrument to realise small projects of climate adaptation.

You can read the full case study on the Climate-ADAPT website.

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