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Living Lab Ooijpolder

Since early 2021, the Ooijpolder has been a ‘living laboratory’ for Professor of Plant Ecology Hans de Kroon. The area is one of three living laboratories in the Netherlands that, over the next five years, will use a grant from the NWO (€3 million from the Dutch Research Agenda) to investigate how different landscapes can become more sustainable and diverse. In this project, De Kroon works closely with farmers and other residents of the Ooijpolder. “I won’t get much changed as an ecologist working alone; that’s really something we have to do together. After all, an ecosystem extends further than just a patch of nature; you really need to organise the area as a whole.”