Nature, biodiversity and rural areas
This issue contains 4 sections.
Nature in the Netherlands is diverse and unique. Nature reserves and their wealth of plant and animal species are under a government protection regime.
The Netherlands is situated at the mouth of major European rivers and borders the North Sea. This explains its rich variety of nature, with woodlands, rivers, marshland and sea all in close proximity. The government not only protects the nature reserves themselves but also the animal and plant species they support. It is committed to the international agreements that must halt the decline in biodiversity.
Most of the country’s inhabitants live in towns or cities. The rural area covers 80% of the country’s territory. The government wants rural areas to provide space not only for growing crops and livestock production but also for outdoor recreation and nature.
The Rutte-Asscher government will roll out the National Ecological Network (EHS), including green corridors, but will take more time to do so. It will also spend €200 million to manage and protect existing nature conservation areas.
Extra funds for nature conservation in the Caribbean Netherlands
Minister for Agriculture Dijksma has earmarked EUR 7.5 million for nature conservation in the Caribbean ...