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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Netherlands 2003

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This review of the Netherland's environmental conditions and policies evaluates progress in reducing the pollution burden, improving natural resource management, integrating environmental and economic policies, and strengthening international co-operation. The analyses presented are supported by a broad range of economic and environmental data.

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Nature Conservation and Biodiversity

The following recommendations are part of the overall conclusions and recommendations of the OECD Environmental Performance Review of the Netherlands: • complete establishment of the national ecological network according to targets, taking account of requirements of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives; • achieve the target of 20 to 30% of natural areas fully protected against acidification and eutrophication, particularly by reducing pressures from agriculture and the waste water industry; • reinforce implementation of nature conservation objectives in agricultural policy, particularly by meeting reduction targets for pesticide use, ammonia emissions and desiccation, speeding up farmland conversion in natural areas, and tackling diffuse water pollution by nitrogen compounds...

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