Comparison of costs and benefits of investing in nature conservation in the Netherlands and available EU funding for Natura 2000
- The terrestrial Natura 2000 network covers 13.8% of the total area of the Netherlands.
- The gross welfare benefits of all Dutch Natura 2000 areas (1.1 million ha) is around EUR 4.5 billion per year.
- Veluwe Nature Park receives EUR 188,000 per year, which is very small compared to the benefits provided by the park to society, around EUR 10.8 million per year. Natural areas, such as Veluwe with mosaic and old heritage landscapes, are very popular places in which to live, work and spend free time. For example, the total annual turnover of the recreation sector in Veluwe is estimated at EUR 1 billion.