Protected Area Management Plans, the Netherlands

Natura 2000 Sites

Posted on 21 October 2015


Natura 2000 is a European Network of protected sites. In the Netherlands 166 areas have been identified as Natura 2000 sites.  To comply with the ‘Natuurbeschermingswet 1998’ (Dutch legislation incorporating the EU Birds and Habitats Directives) protected area management plans have to be set out for all these areas.  Within these protected area management plans conditions will be included to ensure that the conservation objectives, as established when the Natura 2000 sites were designated, will be met. The protected area management plans also assist in making it clear to users of the designated areas which restrictions apply in the use of Natura 2000 sites.  For a number of the Natura 2000 sites Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Department of Waterways and Public Works) took the lead in the production of the protected area management plans.

Rijkswaterstaat commissioned Royal HaskoningDHV to supply protected area management plans for 17 Natura 2000 sites. 

The protected area management plans were produced for six sites in the IJsselmeer area, nine in the Delta area as well as for the Wadden Sea and North Sea coastal zone areas.

Project plan
The protected area management plans were produced based on information pertaining to the presence and requirements of target species and habitat types (under the Habitats Directive), effects due to current use, measures necessary to realise the conservation objectives and monitoring. The necessary information was produced by Rijkswaterstaat, Royal HaskoningDHV, other consultancies and regional partners.

Royal HaskoningDHV produced the protected area management plans in accordance with the requirements as set out by the minister of ‘Economy, Agriculture & Innovation’ and the national requirements as set out by Rijkswaterstaat.

Current status
The project was completed in 2014.

Project location

Project partners

  • Rijkswaterstaat Water, Verkeer en Leefomgeving
  • Royal HaskoningDHV