Vincent Grond is a Dutch landscape architect with a long experience in policy and design at the regional and municipal level. He worked in several planning offices. 10 years ago he founded GrondRR, where he works as landscape architect and organizes design sessions at municipalities and other institutes. He developed with fellow advisors and principals the ‘natural alliance approach’ to link sustainability with land use planning. Recently he cofounded a network of medium-sized cities, who collaborate in spatial planning and climate adaptation. The network has ten active cities including Breda, Nijmegen and Amersfoort. 

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Climate change has consequences for both natural and human systems.1 Adjusting these systems in order to moderate potential harm or exploit opportunities is called adaptation.2 This is facilitated by spatial planning that optimizes (future) land use.3–6 Local and regional spatial planning is particularly important for successful adaptation, as …

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