The Netherlands is facing major and urgent sustainability challenges. There is the energy transition, the adaptation to climate change and the transition to a more sustainable agriculture. These will change the Dutch landscape dramatically: a landscape that people are attached to, derive their identity from and in which they feel at home. The Council believes that these challenges can only be met with success if they are combined with an intensive public debate focused on the improvement of the quality of the landscape.
Peter Heij, director-general Space and Water (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) and Wieke Tas of the Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Department (Ministry of Economic Affairs) accepted the advisory report on behalf of Minister Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure and the Environment and Minister Van Dam for Agriculture.