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Nature and biodiversity

A healthy natural environment is important for the wellbeing of society and the economy. That’s why the government wants to preserve and, where possible, restore the Netherlands’ natural environment and biodiversity. Biodiversity is in decline all over the world. The number of species of animals, plants and microorganisms is decreasing. The government is therefore keen to ensure that nature and biodiversity at both national and international level are sustainably managed.