Today, Natuurpunt East Brabant celebrates its 50th birthday on the grounds of the Rock Werchter Festival. In that period, this ecological organization was good for at least 4000 hectares of additional nature in this area. Below is a message from President Hugo Apts.
A vision for the future on biodiversity, nature, landscape and climate
Celebrating 50 years is also looking forward with ambition to the challenges ahead. That is why, in this festive year, a vision for the future within a broad frame of reference for international and European climate, biodiversity and environmental problems has been developed and translated into East Brabant.
The EU Biodiversity Strategy sets a target for each Member State to achieve 30% of the country’s area with protected nature and at least 10% under strict nature management. The realization of the European Habitat Directive, the European Union Biodiversity Strategy, the Water Framework Directives and the need for different water management, carbon storage and climate buffers provide a perspective on robust nature and a different nature-friendly design of the landscape. The challenges to rigorous climate policy associated with biodiversity policy, nature-based solutions for climate, climate mitigation and water management are significant. The climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis and the approach to integrated water management, greening agriculture and improving the quality of life in the urban and built environment must be addressed through climatic barriers that also combat heat islands in an integrated way.
The operational strength is:
1. Solid, undivided valleys that provide space for nature and water. The objectives of the Water Framework Directive are achieved in terms of water quality and structure quality. River space also assumes meandering and regeneration, eliminating drainage and avoiding direct capture of seepage; and water retention. Water management also assumes that sufficient attention is paid to areas of infiltration and that the potential for infiltration there continues or increases. Therefore, it is necessary that the area of rivers, water and nature in the valley be associated with green-blue vein in the agricultural area, which increases hydraulic roughness, reduces sediment run-off and maintains infiltration ability. From this perspective, the dry nature reserves on the plateaus, flanks, and cover sands are also important to the blue deal.
2. Strong expansion of natural managed areas up to 10% of the land area as biodiversity hotspots and quality assurance environmental conditions (eg to reduce nitrogen and ammonia deposition) of areas, by restoring system-wide water management, Increased cohesion of areas due to elimination of pockets that make development and management impossible and that guarantee the environmental conditions to maintain the quality of nature for these areas. These 10% managed nature reserves are embedded in 30% of the surface as a nature preserve. This is partly in the implementation of the European Biodiversity Strategy, which extends beyond achieving the current conservation goals of the European Habitats and Birds Directive.
3. A live agricultural area with at least 10% of the area of biodiversity (in CAP: NPA: Non-Producing Area) in the agricultural area with blue-green veins of agricultural landscape with woodland, hedges, orchards, wooded edges, isolated slopes and strips A wide buffer in the agricultural area which also has the function of biodiversity. The CAP must ensure this and include it in its preconditions. Greening agricultural policy – with absolute conservation of grasslands, buffer strips and KLEs (as binding preconditions for CAP) – and active agricultural conservation policy through management agreements (Kiekendief Plan), effective and effective environmental regulations, and targeted use of so-called “non-productive investments” (part of CAP) to achieve hedges, shrubs, ponds, etc. This CAP implements the Green Deal and Biodiversity Strategy and also leads to agriculture that puts an eye on the social status of the farmer. The Brabant Lim and Haspengouw district require all old land reform measures to be reformulated through land development measures and this with the sole aim of creating this blue-green veining in the landscape Natural stripped and correlation with the Green Dael and biodiversity strategy. This makes it possible to achieve a high quality landscape that can be experienced through a range of agricultural policies adapted with the integration of biodiversity policy, climate policy and water management.
4. A livable urban area and a built environment that has climate buffers and water barriers that are also green and resistant to heat islands. Implementation of a real concrete plant, re-establishing a poorly located but untouched residential area, maintaining open landscaping by eliminating and curing past-grown crabs.
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