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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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Water Management

The following recommendations are part of the overall conclusions and recommendations of the OECD Environmental Performance Review of the Netherlands: • strongly pursue implementation of policies to allocate “more space for water”, establish ecological networks and better protect areas at risk (e.g. from floods); in particular, integrate water management, nature management and spatial planning; • reinforce actions to combat groundwater depletion; complete and implement comprehensive provincial groundwater plans; • further reduce nitrogen loads from intensive agriculture (livestock and crop production) in line with related international commitments (EU Nitrates Directive, North Sea action programme); • strengthen efforts to achieve further progress in dealing with emergency overflows from combined sewers....

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