Nitrogen levels in soil are mostly to blame
Nature in The Netherlands is doing worse than ever, according to The World Fund for Nature (“Wereld Natuur Fonds”), who has have just released an alarming research report.
The Netherlands is currently experiencing a Nitrogen crisis, with amounts of the pollutant significantly higher than safe levels to preserve landscape and wildlife. Large amounts of this are from intensive farming practices, and across the Netherlands farmers have been protesting against measures taken by the Dutch government to try and mitigate the crisis. This new report from the World Wide Fund for Nature ( in America: World Wildlife Fund) shows that the situation of the landscape in The Netherlands is in even worse shape than previously considered, reports RTV Drenthe.
Farms and heathlands in particular are doing poorly: populations of animal species living there have declined on average by 50 percent since 1990.
The researchers identify intensification of agriculture and high nitrogen emissions as major culprits in the report. They plead for a ‘fundamental shift in agriculture’.
According to the WWF, cooperation with farmers is crucial. “We must look at how we can find a solution together”, says director Kirsten Schuijt. She criticised the polarised debate, in which the interests of farmers and nature are often contrasted.
“We have to sit together with all parties,” she says. The WWF hopes that politics will soon come up with long-term policies.