Bouwstenen voor onderzoek naar de grote wateren

Jeroen Veraart, Martin Baptist, Marijn Tangelder, Piet Verdonschot & Bas Pedroli

ecologie, waterbeheer, onderzoekagenda, landschap, beleid

Het LNV-onderzoeksprogramma Natuurambitie Grote Wateren (BO-NAGW) werd in 2015 gestart mede uit zorg dat natuuropgaven onvoldoende een plek kregen in het waterbeleid. Het antwoord was de Programmatische Aanpak Grote Wateren (PAGW), waarbij het uitgangspunt was om herstel van natuurlijke dynamiek in harmonie te brengen met economisch medegebruik. Wat kunnen we leren van de resultaten van dit programma voor toekomstig onderzoek?

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Future research needs at the interface of water management and nature policy

Jeroen Veraart, Martin Baptist, Marijn Tangelder, Piet Verdonschot & Bas Pedroli

ecology, water management, research agenda, landscape, policy

The applied research programme (2015-2020), entitled “Nature Ambitions for the Dutch rivers, lakes and estuaries” (Acronym: BO-NAGW) investigated which ecosystem conditions are essential for the recovery of natural dynamics in the rivers, lakes and estuaries in the Netherlands in synergy with economic use and existing Natura 2000 objectives. This article describes what we have learnt from the conducted research. Almost atthe same time (2017) a programmatic approach, entitled PAGW, was developed by the government in which nature development projects are selected and implemented
to bring these ambitions into practice, The results illustrate that food availability and habitat quality are at least as important as extra habitat in order to achieve Natura 2000 objectives. The first choices for additional measures to increase the ecological resilience of the water systems have been made (2019). As a result, policy makers formulate more knowledge questions about the cost-effectiveness of nature development measures. We recommend that both research and water management should evaluate ecosystem functioning and the impact of interventions not only at water system level but also at landscape level, considering regional community needs.

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