Optimising the dutch national ecological network

R. Reijnen, A. van Hinsberg, W. Lammers, M.E. Sanders, W. Loonen

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The authors identify environmental and spatial problems, which require further optimisation of the national ecological network (NEN). Their analysis is based on the nature target types allocated to the NEN. Environmental problems relate to water tables and atmospheric nitrogen deposition. Spatial problems concern total areas and spatial configuration. They assess the urgency of the problems, based on the principles of the EU Habitats Directive, and suggest a method to prioritise them. The spatial coherence and environmental conditions are as yet insufficient to meet the international commitments. Large continuous habitat areas offer the best opportunities for sustainable protection. Mosaics of smaller habitat areas may function as one large nature core area as well
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLandscape ecology in the Dutch context, nature, town and infrastructure
EditorsT.M. de Jong, J.N.M. Dekker, R. Posthoorn
Place of PublicationZeist, the Netherlands
Number of pages687
ISBN (Print)9789050112574
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • optimization
  • nature conservation
  • biodiversity
  • project implementation
  • optimization methods
  • nature reserves
  • landscape ecology
  • habitats
  • evaluation
  • deposition
  • ecological network
  • habitats directive


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