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Ecological Restoration, Environmentalism and the Dutch Politics of 'New Nature'

Hein-Anton van der Heijden

Environmental Values 14(2005): 427-446. doi: 10.3197/096327105774462700

'New nature' refers to the current practice in which ten thousands of hectares of superfluous agricultural lands are 'given back to nature', compensating for the loss of 'old nature' in other parts of the Netherlands. Around the issue of 'new nature' two discourses have emerged. In each discourse different environmental values are emphasised: about what nature is or could be; about the relationship between nature, agriculture and development; about ecological mitigation, and so on. Whereas the Dutch branch of WWF is the most active promoter of the sectorial nature development discourse, environmental groups like Friends of the Earth try to weigh these sectorial interests against the background of increasing environmental degradation.


KEYWORDS: Environmentalism, nature development, ecological restoration, WWF

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Concepts of Nature as Communicative Devices: The Case of Dutch Nature Policy. Jozef Keulartz, Henny van der Windt and Jacques Swart

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Ecological Restoration and Place Attachment: Emplacing Non-Places?.Martin Drenthen

De-Domestication: Ethics at the Intersection of Landscape Restoration and Animal Welfare. Christian Gamborg, Bart Gremmen, Stine B. Christiansen and Peter Sandøe

Pushing the Radical Nature Development Policy Concept in the Netherlands: An Agency Perspective. Simon Verduijn, Huub Ploegmakers, Sander Meijerink and Pieter Leroy


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