Parties round the table
Various attractive municipalities lie in the areas to both the north and south of the port and industrial zone. The green surroundings offers a rich variety of nature and many recreational opportunities. The North Sea itself is the domain of fishermen and other water sports enthusiasts.
Discussion about optimal harmonisation of the land reclamation was therefore started at an early stage with the municipalities in the surrounding area and with organisations representing nature, fishery and the environment among other things. The starting point in this context was the wish to simultaneously strengthen the mainport's position and improve the quality of the living environment. Agreements on this have been made in the context of the Rotterdam Mainport Development Project (PMR). The PMR projects for 750 hectares of new nature and recreation and for the improvement of the living environment (Existing Rotterdam Area project) are an inseparable part of the Administrative Agreement.
Closely involved in follow-up
Societal parties and municipalities have been closely involved in events following the EIA procedures. This is happening in what is known as the Societal Parties Forum (OMP). The OMP includes environmental, fishery, agricultural and recreational organisations, the overarching employers' organisations VNO-NCW and Deltalinqs and the Rotterdam Chamber of Commerce. The municipalities from the surroundings of the Maasvlakte 2 project are also represented. The societal parties united in the OMP are also closely involved in the recovery plans for the Key Physical Planning Decision-plus (PKB-plus) part 3.
There is already a good package of measures on the table for environmental compensation and improvement of the living climate. Now it comes to the implementation. This concerns big projects like instituting the seabed protection area, and also smaller projects. For example, a roundabout has been realised on the Vrijheidsweg in Goedereede. The leisure traffic now flows through there better. Discussions are being held with the municipality of Schouwen-Duiveland about the educational and recreational opportunities to bring the planned seabed protection area 'closer' to the population.
Prior history: Vision and Daring
Initial contacts were made with the surrounding area in the run-up phase of the PMR. For example, in 2000, the covenant 'Vision and Daring' (Visie en Durf) was signed by Rotterdam municipality and the environmental organisations Stichting Natuur en Milieu, Natuurmonumenten and CONSEPT. The signatories made agreements about an integral package of measures to improve the Rotterdam region. The intention here is a stronger and more differentiated economy, more nature and a flourishing city.
As well as the agreements in the Vision and Daring covenant, specific agreements about environmental compensation were made at the time in the administrative stakeholders' forum (Non-State Parties' Forum, Overleg Niet-Rijkspartijen). The participants in this forum were:
- Municipalities in the region
- Delfland Water Board
- Province of Zuid-Holland
- Voorne-Putten-Rozenburg Recreational Body
- Rotterdam urban region
- Stichting Duinbehoud
- Stichting de Noordzee
- Brielse Dijkring Water Board
- Zuid-Hollands Landschap
The agreements in the covenant link up with the environmental compensation as laid down in the PMR, while going further on some points. For example, there is extra attention for the Oostvoorne Lake, which has now become one of the sub-projects within the Existing Rotterdam Area project, and for extra quality of life measures for Voorne and Goeree. You can find all the information in the Administrative Stakeholders' Forum Agreement (Akkoord bestuurlijke stakeholdersoverleg).