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Last spring Zuid-Holland Province put five nature reserves with a combined area of 70 hectares up for sale. The province has meanwhile selected the best tenders on the basis of the best price-quality ratios.
Three grassland bird sanctuaries on offer in Midden-Delfland were awarded to local dairy farmers. The Berkelse Zweth canal alongside the Ackerdijkse lakes and the Wolvenpolder near Spijkenisse go to nature conservancy association Vereniging Natuurmonumenten. Altogether nine tenders were submitted.
On 29 June 2016 the Provincial Executive proposal to allocate € 15 million for a change approach with field experiments in sustainable agriculture won Provincial Council approval. The aim is to achieve a fundamental change in the farming and food chain through sustainable innovations.
The newly upgraded and expanded footpath network on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee was officially opened on 13 July 2016. The network adds another 375 kilometres to the existing 2,500 kilometres of footpaths in Zuid-Holland Province.
National Park De Biesbosch and Haringvliet are linking up to form one large national park presenting the narrative of the Netherlands' Delta region. The province keenly supports this initiative. It signifies that our province has a unique natural environment that deserves more publicity. The two parks are competing jointly for the title 'World Class National Park'. To qualify for election they must submit a plan to the Ministry of Economic Affairs in September 2016.
Regional Minister Rik Janssen and alderman Kees van Velzen of the municipality of Alphen aan den Rijn opened the exhibition 'Leven Langs de Limes-Zwammerdam' on 6 July 2016. The exhibition is the fourth and last in a series on the Zuid-Hollandse Limes.
Regional Minister Adri Bom-Lemstra and alderman Theo Duijvestijn of Westland municipality turned on 16,000 solar panels at the ABC Westland business park on 1 July. ABC Westland can now rightly claim to be the most sustainable business park in the Netherlands.
Netherlands Premier Mark Rutte accepted the ‘Investing in Renewal' programme from King's Commissioner for the Province, Jaap Smit, and the mayors of Rotterdam and The Hague. The programme is targeted at urban renewal and the sustainability of the economy in the Zuid-Holland urban agglomeration, the most heavily populated region of the Netherlands.
The Hague, 30 June 2016.
The Province of Zuid-Holland organised an inspirational event on participation in the ERDF programmes INTERREG Two Seas, INTERREG Vlaanderen-Nederland and Opportunities for West on 30 June. The aim was to inspire and encourage organisations within the region looking for participation in ERDF programmes to join forces. Over 40 representatives attended the event on behalf of various organisations, ranging from universities and innovation labs to local municipalities and SMEs.
Action has begun on Proeftuin Veenweiden Natura 2000, a fieldlab programme aimed at curtailing the emission of ammonia in the province's western peatland area. Dairy farmers, researchers and consultants are working together on measures to cut ammonia levels and at the same time improve water quality and reduce soil subsidence.
The province of Zuid-Holland is the lead partner for the inland waterway project CLean INland SHipping (CLINSH). The application for the subsidy that had been submitted to the European LIFE fund has been granted. The project will be launched on 1 September 2016 for a period of four years. The project aims to cooperate with partners to preserve the inland waterways.