Nature Outlook 2010-2040

Experiential Nature

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The nature perspective Experiential Nature offers, above all, a pleasant and attractive environment in which to live. People can relax in the many nature areas in and around the city and elsewhere, such as on the coast.

Nature development and management are focused on recreational use. Nature areas are easily and freely accessible and provide opportunities for all kinds of recreation. Environmental conditions are improved insofar as this is important for recreation and experiencing nature. There is, for example, sufficient clean water for outdoor swimming.
Under this nature perspective, public support for nature policy is also expected to increase because of closer contact with nature.

Which problem will be tackled?

Almost 40% of Dutch citizens live in areas where there is a shortage of nature for recreational purposes. This shortage is greatest in the Randstad area (around Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Amsterdam). But also beyond this region there are areas where there is too little nature available for recreation.
The challenge for society is to ensure that there are sufficient nature areas available and accessible for all Dutch citizens to use during their leisure time. This would enable people to take advantage of the benefits that nature has to offer, such as for their health and sense of wellbeing.

Why do people want this?

Experiential Nature is based on the vision that nature is there mainly to be enjoyed. It primarily serves to accommodate people’s recreational needs. This is therefore not about increasing biodiversity as much as possible.

What is the policy strategy?

Under Experiential Nature the regional authorities work with other parties to create large nature areas which provide opportunities for multiple functions, including recreation. The public is involved in the design and management of these recreational areas. This will help to keep down the high cost of maintenance, especially in urban areas. The nature sector will form coalitions with the leisure sector and health insurers. Agriculture will make rural areas more attractive and more accessible, also with funding from the European Common Agricultural Policy.

More info

Pages on Experiential Nature
- Experiential Nature on the map
- A picture of Experiential Nature
- Future impression of the landscape: Experiential Nature
- Assessment of the effects of Experiential Nature
- Experiential Nature strategy
- Experiential Nature in Lake Grevelingen
- Experiential Nature in practice: Loonse en Drunense Duinen

Other relevant pages
- Four future impressions of the landscape
- Four perspectives on the map
- Changes relative to existing nature
- Background: Challenges for nature

- Nature perspectives
- Four perspectives on the map


The Nature Outlook is a statutory product of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency with cooperation from Wageningen UR.