Dutch Labour Party launches nature initiative
The Dutch Labour Party has launched an initiative for legislation to better protect nature in the Netherlands.
In the Dutch national park Veluwezoom, Labour leader Job Cohen announced the initiative to protect nature in the long term. He was taking part in an event organised by more than 20 conservation and environmental organisations against government cuts.
The Basic Nature Act would make nature less dependent on political changes. He said nature needs long term planning to get results. Plans to complete a network of nature areas by 2018 is currently under threat by cuts. Mr Cohen wants to spread the costs over a longer period.
The law should also ensure full compensation for building developments in natural areas, so that elsewhere other natural areas are created. It should also bring together all national and European nature regulations.
At a party meeting later in the day, Mr Cohen called the 40 percent government cuts "unacceptable".
More than 100 nature reserves were opened to the public today for the event Heart for Nature. Forest rangers, conservationists and volunteers have hailed the event a huge success, 40,000 people took part.
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