Ecological limits to growth

natura2000Governmental policies are “like a box of chocolats”: you never know what you gonna get… The Wadden Sea is a nature reserve protected by Dutch (PKB) and European law (Natura 2000), but this does not stop government authorities to give permits to all kinds of economical activities that harm the ecosystem. Fisheries, gas production, salt mining, dredging, harbor extensions… their impact in number of jobs is quantifiable, but their combined impact on the ecosystem is never measured… With the team at the Waddenvereniging, Hidde succesfully lobbied for imposing ecological limits to gas production. As a next step, the other local sectors are to be brought under the same regime…