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In the press: Nature-inclusive agriculture on the Westeresch in Veele. Research by Dr. ir. Raymond Klaassen (Sustainable Landscapes)

27 juli 2022

Dr. ir. Raymond Klaassen (Sustainable Landscapes) told the press on Tuesday 26 June about the results of our research into nature-inclusive agriculture on the Westeresch in Veele, a project with Staatsbosbeheer.

RTV Noord, the Dagblad van het Noorden and Westerwolde Actueel paid attention to it. The project and research started in 2018. What is the current status and what have been the results so far?

On the project:

In 2017, there were only 8 fields left on the Westeresch in Veele. In 2018, the historic monuments were restored. For example, the strips were divided into 40 smaller fields, all in strips, totaling about 75 hectares. The fields are owned and managed by Staatsbosbeheer and in purchasing activities to farmers in the region.

What is special about this project is that a lot of research is being carried out, including by the University of Groningen. We investigate effects in the field of ecology as well as on the economy (a revenue model).

Read the articles:

RTV Noord: 'Proef met natuurvriendelijke landbouw: ‘Het is en blijft een zoektocht’

Westerwolde Actueel: Proef met natuurvriendelijke landbouw: ‘Het is en blijft een zoektocht’

Dagblad van het Noorden: Op de Westeresch bij Veele wordt 5 jaar op 'klassieke' manier landbouw bedreven: 'Natuurlijke rijkdom is groter geworden'  (can also be read at the bottom of this post)

Boswachtersblog.nl : Boswachter Jelka: De resultaten van vijf jaar natuurinclusieve landbouw op de Westeresch

Sustainable agriculture

An important aim of this pilot project is to stimulate a transition to a more sustainable agriculture. The implementation of the payment arrears plays a pioneering role.

An important recovery of nature quality can now be measured. There are many more insect species and 19 species of field birds, including the gray shrike, nowadays a scarce breeding bird in the Netherlands., a project with Staatsbosbeheer. RTV Noord, the Dagblad van het Noorden and Westerwolde Actueel paid attention to it. The project and research started in 2018. What is the current status and what have been the results so far?

In 2017, there were only 8 fields left on the Westeresch in Veele. In 2018, the historic monuments were restored. For example, the strips were divided into 40 smaller fields, all in strips, totaling about 75 hectares. The fields are owned and managed by Staatsbosbeheer and in purchasing activities to farmers in the region.

What is special about this project is that a lot of research is being carried out, including by the University of Groningen. We investigate effects in the field of ecology as well as on the economy (a revenue model).

Recovery of nature

An important aim of this pilot project is to stimulate the transition to a more sustainable agriculture. The participating tenants play a pioneering role in this.

An important recovery of nature quality can now be measured. There are many more insect species and 19 species of field birds, including the gray shrike, nowadays a scarce breeding bird in the Netherlands.

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