The cabinet allocates 287.5 million euros to improve large waters

The cabinet reserves € 287.5 million. for initiatives that improve the quality of the larger waters. These are water projects in and along the Wadden Sea and the Eems-Dollard, the IJsselmeer area, the southwestern delta and the river area.

This appears from the letter to the House of Representatives that Minister Mark Harbers (Infrastructure and Water Management) and Minister Christianne van der Wal (Nature and Nitrogen) sent to the House of Representatives today.

The Ministries of Infrastructure and Water Management and Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality work together on the programmatic approach to large waters (PAGW). Funds are made available from the program for the realization of projects that improve ecological water quality and strengthen nature. The program must thus contribute to the realization of the goals as set out in the Birds and Habitats Directive (Natura2000) and the Water Framework Directive.

33 project proposals have been submitted for the third tranche of PAGW, the ministers write. “All the proposals together require more than the national budget available for the third tranche. So we had to make a choice.”

Harbers and Van der Wal are currently allocating 238.5 million euros to 11 projects. That is, they put the money aside for it. A detailed elaboration of each of the plans must first take place. “The investment decision is made only at the initial decision,” the letter to parliament says.

In addition, 8 million euros will be reserved for preliminary investigations, 35 million euros for unforeseen costs and 6 million euros for program management. This gives a total of € 287.5 million.

Currently, 59.7 million € not yet been distributed. This is because more information is needed about the projects that are eligible for this money. In the second half of 2023, it will be decided which initiatives this money will be used for, according to the ministers.

For 3 proposals (‘Further development of the Marker Wadden’; ‘Gradual land-water transitions at the climate buffer IJsselmeer’; and ‘Gradual fresh-salt transition at Den Oever’) no reservations will be taken now, but the possibility will e.g. kept open for these in a later tranche of PAGW, the ministers write.

11 projects
The 11 water projects eligible for funding in the third tranche of PAGW are:

  • Frisian IJsselmeer coast (€21 million): Construction and water level management for underwater landscapes, wetlands with tubes and floods and adding habitats to increase the efficiency of the IJsselmeer part of the fish migration river between the Wadden Sea and the IJsselmeer.
  • Optimization of the Oostvaardersoevers (65 million EUR): Construction of an additional refreshment zone in the Markermeer by extending the foreshore. This provides shelter and resting place for migrating fish and leads to a gradient in the Markermeer by withholding nutrient-rich water from the Oostvaarderplassen.
  • IJssel-Vechtdelta (28 million EUR): 23 million EUR for construction of inlet and outlet works in Ketelpolder with inflow from both Vossemeer and Keteldiep/IJssel and 5 million EUR for the construction of shallow and foreshores with gentle dikes, the development of an underwater landscape and the restoration of water pipe soil along the southern shores and in the Ketelmeer and Zwartemeer shallow zones.
  • Vierwaarden (EUR 5 million): Development and expansion of lost and missing wet and dry habitats in the floodplains along the Meuse between Venlo and Velden.
  • Gelderse Poort (€20m): Create robust, future-proof river nature and strengthening of the river landscape by lowering and redesigning floodplains, dynamic floodplain management and raising the summer bed of the river bed.
  • Eemszijlen (€ 5 million): Strengthen the wetlands within the dykes and allow the coastal zone to grow along with the rise in sea level through (further) natural capture of several hundred hectares.
  • Lauwersmeer area (€10m): Restoring the natural fresh-salt transition between the Wadden Sea and the Lauwersmeer by constructing a measuring network, creating a more natural fresh-salt transition and designing a multifunctional pumping station.
  • Terschelling, Boschplaat (€9.5m): Creation of indentations (drifting holes) in the coastal strip and floodplains in the coastal strip and sodding of overgrown salt marshes to restore the natural drift and flooding of the Boschplaat.
  • Kom Oosterschelde (€35m): Maintain the tidal area of ​​the Oosterschelde by raising flats and mud flats with sand.
  • Nature Vestschelde (€ 15 million): Pilot Schorerpolder: development of integrated area concepts for climate-proof nature with agriculture and flood risk management in the Vestschelde area.
  • Wadden Sea Underwater Nature (€15m): Improvement of fish stocks and food webs, application of hard substrate to restore underwater nature and restoration of beach grass and shellfish beds.

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