Flevoland is a man-made landscape. But the limits of its engineering are gradually becoming visible due to desiccation, salinisation and subsidence. Rijk Voorland outlines a future perspective for a nature-inclusive Flevoland.
The vision shows what nature needs in order to function as an ecological intersection in the heart of the Netherlands and outlines societal benefits.
The rigid polder landscape is less uniform than it appears at first glance. Subsoil and water conditions are diverse and dynamic. But the limits of its engineering are gradually becoming visible due to desiccation, salinisation and subsidence. Soil and water conditions should therefore determine land use.
From this basic principle, opportunities have been translated into five landscape zones. In wetlands, shorelines and islands, efforts are being made to improve connections between land and water and between Flevoland and its surroundings. Forests are used as ‘sponges’ for water of good quality, available for nature and hinterland. In addition, nature can contribute to a sustainable perspective for agriculture. Cities and towns become greener, more pleasant and climate resilient by connecting them with natural areas.