Editorial: Ecosystem authority

POSTED: 03/25/14 8:25 PM

The service level agreement the Vromi-ministry signed with the Nature Foundation yesterday marks a step in the right direction. Never before has a government so clearly committed itself to the protection of our natural environment.

Before we hang out the party flag, we will of course have to see how this deal will work out in practice. The Nature Foundation has been entrusted with a lot of authority; it only has to consult with the government about decisions with a legal, financial or public safety component. Other than that, the Nature Foundation rules from now on.

How this newly obtained authority will influence the relationship with other environmental organizations like Epic and Pride is unclear, but it makes sense for all forces in this field to work together as much as possible and not to get in each other’s way.

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