Friesland is a true water province; we sail on skûtsjes (sailing boats), have Eleven Cities Fever after only one frosty night, and have our own sport, Fierljeppen: Pole vaulting began as a technique to get around rapidly in Friesland, a marsh. Did you know that 50% of Friesland is made up of water? We are constantly forced to come up with new ideas as a result of our continual struggle with water. We demonstrate why we are the European leader in water technology through water management via pumping stations, water channels, and the distinctive Afsluitdijk (IJsselmeer dam), as well as water cleaning technologies.
As a result, we are not only proud of our water, but we also have a good understanding of it. Leeuwarden is the beating center for talent and activity in this industry, thanks to a large number of research and educational institutes such as Wetsus and the Center of Expertise Water Technology. The designation of European Capital of Water Technology highlights our capital city's skill and creativity once again. Institutions like Water Campus help to solve the world's water challenges by coordinating multinational collaborations.
Sustainability in agriculture is paramount
When people think of Friesland, they think of broad open plains filled with birds or the lee fields of the Northern Frisian Woods' peculiar Bocage landscape. Agriculture is vital to the economy of the Frisian people. New discoveries and activities are needed to boost sustainable agriculture and make it livable for future generations to enjoy our magnificent countryside. As a result, the sustainable agriculture sector provides a lot of employment, knowledge, and opportunities for growth.
The sector's long-term viability is a hot topic. The Province of Fryslân has been investing in a healthy balance of economy and ecology for decades, emphasizing the importance of Nature Inclusive Agriculture. As an agri-food province, the Dairy Campus is helping to increase biodiversity and sustainable agriculture, thereby improving the quality of life for people and animals (both livestock and insect and bird populations, etc.). Innovation and technology are also being pursued by knowledge centers such as Energiecampus Leeuwarden and the Water Campus in order to support sustainable agricultural development. In the wide green backyard of the Frisian cities, there is plenty of room for innovation with the city as a resource and the farmland as a testing ground.
The most circular region in 2025
Circular: As a leader in circularity, we are striving for a region that is both sustainable and future-proof. A location where values are linked to used products, human capital, and society. This is the meeting point for all sectors. Circular Friesland, for example, was founded in 2016 as a unique collaboration involving businesses, municipalities, the province, knowledge institutions, social institutions, and education.
A network of circular frontrunners who acted quickly and decisively when they saw the circular prospects in Friesland. The Frisian authorities, businesses, knowledge and educational institutions are determined to make our province the most circular region in 2025, with open agendas and a "put your money where your mouth is" mindset. To provide a good example for future generations. During a congress in Friesland, find out how you may stimulate circular projects in your area and what cross-sectoral collaborations are feasible.