Ameland is one of the West-Frisian-Islands in the Dutch archipelago off the west shore of North-Friesland. The island has a total land surface of 60 km² and is inhabited by about 3500 people. A great deal of the island consists of sand dunes. It has a total nature area of ca. 75%. Most of it is legally protected, including the 100% marine protected area of the wadden sea. The island consist of an immense variety of landscapes as for example the Oerd, a large complex of dunes, or the Nesser bos, a large forest.
Nowadays, it has 4 villages. In former days, two more villages were located close to the shore which were drowned and now lie in the sea. Ameland was declared as ‘free-lordship’ when first mentioned. Informally, this title is still being maintained today as ‘Vrijheer van Ameland’.
- Information and interpretation of local culture and heritage is provided in Dutch, English and German
- Excellent service in accommodation, 2 out of 34 hotels a certified by green-key.org
- Ambitious goals are set to become 100% self-sufficient through renewable energy consumption by 2020
- Strong local identity and culture demonstrated through a number of museum or festivals as for example “bootwateren”
VISTAS BEST PRACTICE CASES:
Points for improvement:
- So far the renewable energy produced on Ameland only accounts for 3% of the total energy consumption. Despite the low number of inhabitants and the low consumption related to it, this task should be considered a priority