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LIFE IP Deltanatuur

The Dutch large water areas have  great natural value. They are a habitat for a diversity of  migrating birds, fish, seals and other species. Preservation of these areas and the biodiversity is very important. 

But there are problems that hamper maintenance and restoration of biodiversity in these areas. As a consequence of population density, flood defence measures and multifunctional use of public space a diversity of conflicting interests arise in wet Natura 2000 sites. These different sectoral interests are also reflected in a sectoral approach at the governance level: responsibilities are divided between different ministries, water boards, provinces and local authorities, each focusing on specific sectoral objectives rather than on jointly achieving all objectives.

As a result, fragmentation and a complex governance structure occurs in the Dutch delta nature, leading to missed opportunities to achieve nature related objectives in conjunction with economic, water management and flood protection related objectives.

LIFE IP Deltanatuur takes up the challenge to improve governance related to wet nature development and the implementation and realization of N2000.

Project Objectives

The overall objective of this Integrated Project (IP) is to develop and implement an integrated governance approach that improves coordination of interests in wet Natura 2000 sites. This includes combining nature conservation with other activities and functions, such as flood protection and economy, thereby removing important obstacles for the achievement of Natura 2000 improvement and restoration objectives.

Expected Program Results

  • A well-structured integrated governance approach for spatial interventions including better linkage to nature objectives in the Dutch delta nature. This integrated approach is broadly supported by all relevant stakeholder groups.
  • Successful demonstration of this integrated approach in a number of pilot projects.
  • Improved conditions for habitats and species.
  • Increased synergy between Nature 20000 development and other relevant executive programs.
  • Improved transnational co-operation.
  • Capacity building for beneficiaries and stakeholders on each other’s objectives and potential benefits of an integrated approach.
  • Raised awareness amongst a broader audience on the natural values in the Dutch delta nature.
  • As a result of the above: removal of crucial obstacles in co-operation, and therefore enabling further implementation of the Dutch PAF (Prioritised Action Framework). 

Our Field Projects

In this IP we experiment and learn in a number of pilot projects (25) in areas in which tensions between nature, flood protection and economic interests have previously led to a fragmented approach. These pilot projects include:

  • Combination Nature management and economic function.
  • Creating transnational synergy in executive programs and management plans.
  • Natura 2000 improvements through Nature based solutions.
  • Restoring tidal nature and connectivity.
  • Establishing connections and restoring meandering in riverine areas.
  • Integrated approach towards financing of spatial interventions.
  • Mapping and optimising the presented added value for other policy area.


  • Geographical scope: Southwestern Delta, Wadden area, IJsselmeer region, Riverine areas, North Sea and its coastal area
  • 24 partner organizations
  • Duration: October 2016- September 2022
  • Project Owner: Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

Contact details

If you would like to receive more information about the progress of our program, our field projects or our partners, feel free to contact us: 


email: LifeIpDeltanatuur@rvo.nl

Twitter @LifeIpDelta