Collaborative governance

Group of sporters together in a sandy landscape on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug
Teamwork at the Lange Duinen, Soest. Photo: Stichting NPUH

Sustainable management of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug is not a straightforward task. The region consists of diverse ecosystems and land use types on land that is owned and managed by a multitude of private and public actors, each with their own priorities and goals. Effective cooperation is crucial to solve these complex challenges. Collaborative governance runs like a thread through each research theme by studying how collaboration between public, private and non-profit organisations can address complex societal problems and overcome difficulties that are inherent to successful collaboration.  

Through Stichting NPUH, the UU is able to collaborate with a large variety of stakeholders within the area

Stichting NPUH serve as a broker between different parties within the Heuvelrug including municipalities, the Province of Utrecht, water authorities, nature conservation organisations, farmer groups and many more. By doing so the foundation aims to cooperatively protect and improve the unique natural and cultural heritage of the region. With its expertise on sustainable and collaborative governance, UU research could investigate ways to navigate among these stakeholders in order to collectively explore alternative futures of a changing landscape.