This hardy and resilient system allows us to realize advantages of scale in ecological terms, and creates enough support for protected species and habitats so that new projects and activities no longer form a threat to the ecological balance. The realization of such a tough and flexible ecosystem is an innovative method. External legal advice indicates that the combination of a future-proof ecological system and limited development measures for other functions would be less likely to run up against legal barriers as a matter of course. Development plans lacking such an overall perspective are much more likely to hit such legal obstacles.
The plan to allow the Markermeer and IJmeer to develop into a unique conservation area in the Randstad is supported by the European Commission, which refers to it as an “excellent and innovative example that integrates the enhancement of nature and the development of recreation and urban areas in a single project”. Subject to all the measures of the Integrated Development Perspective being implemented and factually substantiated, the basic principles of the so-called Habitat Directive apply.
The Blue Heart of the Markermeer and IJmeer:
- consists of a flexible and coherent ecological system capable of absorbing changes (human as well as natural);
- increase in biodiversity;
- is accessible and enjoyable;
- guarantees freshwater provisions for the existing supply area;
- provides sufficient protection against flooding;
- ensures landscapes, cultural-historical elements and ground and soil factors are of a high standard;
- allows space for economic usage (fishing, shipping, sand extraction);
- creates space for urban and recreational development.
All this according to the Birds & Habitats Directive.