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European lessons for Green and Blue Services in The Netherlands

Westerink, J., Buizer, M. and Santiago Ramos, J. (2008) European lessons for Green and Blue Services in The Netherlands. Alterra Wageningen UR, Wageningen; The Netherlands.

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Green and Blue Services were developed in The Netherlands to reward farmers for the environmental services they provide to society. Especially the first initiatives were area specific, developed together with farmers and different from the national Agri-environmental scheme. In the PLUREL case study region Haaglanden, Green and Blue Services are seen as a strategy to strengthen agriculture in the urban fringe.

For the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), Green and Blue Services are part of the agenda for the CAP reform. Therefore, the Ministry is interested in similar developments in other European countries.

In this study, initiatives in Europe are described that are in a way similar to the Green and Blue Services in The Netherlands. Special attention was given to initiatives that passed the European state aid procedure. Several of these initiatives can be inspiring for policy development and governance strategies in The Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe.

Item Type: Working Paper
Publisher: Alterra Wageningen UR
Notes: This report is part of the 6th Framework Programme PLUREL-project (Periurban Land Use RELationships).
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