A healthy natural environment is important for social wellbeing and for the economy. That is why the government wants to preserve and strengthen the natural environment of the Netherlands. 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 preserve and sustainably exploit biodiversity at both national and international level. The aim is to enhance the biodiversity of natural systems by 2020, so that these systems will contribute to water and food security, poverty reduction and wellbeing.
- Policy on nature and biodiversity
- New law protects nature in the Netherlands
- International biodiversity protection
- Protected nature areas
Additional hunting trophies added to the import prohibition list
With immediate effect, hunting trophies of a large number of species may no longer be imported into the Netherlands. These...
The Netherlands organises international anti-poaching conference
Sharon Dijksma, Minister for Agriculture, is organising an international conference in February 2016 about wildlife crime in...
Caribbean coral reefs for sharks
During her visit to Saba and Bonaire, Sharon Dijksma, Dutch Minister for Agriculture, opened a shark sanctuary. Shark...
Budget Day 2014: Strengthening economic growth
More and better financing for SMEs. More room for startups. A Future Fund to boost innovation. Stronger focus on agricultural...
Ocean Summit: ‘Action for healthier oceans starts today’
We will need to take unorthodox steps to tackle overfishing, climate change and pollution of the oceans. Governments, business...