Netwerk Duurzame Dorpen

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Description of what the network is about

The Sustainable Villages Network is a voluntary based initiative that connects villages in the Netherlands within a Network where they can inspire and meet each other, exchange knowledge and experiences. A digital platform plays an important role but even more important is the physical meeting in courses, events and excursions. Both will be organized on a provincial level by a support organisation.

Societal Problem they want to address

Villages all over the world are facing the same problems confronted with global issues like climate change, overuse of natural resources, changing biodiversity, water and food supply problems etc. Villages have to deal with the effects and anticipate on it, these problems have to be addressed.

Societal Domain

Various social domains such as culture art, healthcare, mobility, food or local economy.

Basic aim of the network

The Sustainable Villages Network contributes to the transition process within the intervention level of proven community action in Villages. They meet with peers and support them through knowledge exchange. The aim for the next years is a contribution of all the provinces and municipalities. The Network has one principle: Every action counts. It doesn't matter what you are doing as a village community, just act!


It is hard to pin point the main contribution of the Sustainable Villages Network, as they focus in various themes such as culture and art, healthcare, mobility, food or local economy. The contribution is however, the peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and in doing so, they support other villages with their sustainable development for free. Villages all over the world can inspire each other and share knowledge and experiences.

For more information

Research question about translocal networking

Entry done by

Herica Ailine Silva Carvalho