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The Nederland plus project covers the region of the 
De Biesbosch National Park, Europes' largest freshwater area!

Nature conservation in 9,000 hectares of

The De Biesbosch National Park conservation area (Biesbos), the largest freshwater source in Europe, is located in the North Brabant (Noord-Brabant) and South Holland (Zuid-Holland) provinces of the Netherlands. Separated by the estuary of the Waal and the Rhine, the Nieuwe Merwede and bordered in the South by the river Amer, the lowest section of the river Maas. 


The once especially fertile pastureland was struck by catastrophic floods in the Middle Ages on November 19, 1421. This creared an insurmountable swamp area,  a forest of sedges (de Biesbosch). The North Sea was so close that the seawater streamed into the Biesbosch during the tides, the floods.

The difference in height between ebb and flow was two meters, which led to the development of plant and animal life adapted to brackish water.

The Eastern section of the region was wrested from the water in the 16th and 17th centuries by the construction of embankments.

This difficult to access and hard to control region provided a hideout to partisons and resistance fighters during the Second World War, in particular during the winter of 1944/1945.

On February 1,1953, another storm surge claimed 1,800 lives. In order to protect the population from future natural disasters of this type, construction of the Deltaworks was authorized. After the construction was finished, no  salt water was able to flow into the Biesbosch from the North Sea anymore.

In order to ensure the supply of drinking water to the citizens of Rotterdam, drinking water pools were created and filled with purified Maas water.

... and TODAY

Biesbosch was declared a National Park in 1994.

There is a lot to experience in the National Park today. One can travel by boat or canoe through winding creeks surrounded by willows, trekk along narrow paths and bike through open pastures teaming with waterfowl.

The National Park is a haven of peace and relaxation.

The De Biesbosch National Park from above.

Gerard de Baaij, the director of the National Park, and Andreas after the signing of the Nederland plus agreement.

nederland plus is a
environmental management system

We have combined international Gold Standard or VCS- certified climate protection with climate and environmental commitment in the De Biesbosch National Park. This combination has created the Nederland plus combination climate protection certificate.

While the actual compensation of your emissions takes place via a Gold Standard or VCS certified climate protection project or the natural forest reforestation PROJECT TOGO, by choosing Nederland plus you simultaneously support regional climate protection via our partner De Biesbosch National Park.

Regional perspektives
for a globales problem

Auch bei Regen pflanzen Freiwillige junge Bäume.

Interested visitors can learn about the region in the visitor center.

The Kyoto protocol recommends performance of climate protection where it can be implemented cost-effectively. In the meantime, however, there are sufficient reasons for more regional climate protection. We created the Nederland plus project on the encouragement of our clients, who wanted regional action in addition to our PROJECT TOGO or other certfied carbon offset projects. 

Facts about the project:

  • Project type: Combination certificate
  • Project name: Nederlands plus
  • Project locations: Netherlands and Togo (can be combined with other certified projects on customer request)
  • Project standard: Gold Standard oder VCS
  • Supplementary contribution: 5 EUR per certficate go directly to the De Biesbosch National Park
Auch bei Regen pflanzen Freiwillige junge Bäume.

Tourists explore De Biesbosch by canoe. 

to the national park´s website 
Please click on the image gallery for additional pictures.

Die Nieuwe Dordtse Biesbosch
is a project...

... in which existing agricultural fields are transformed into 530 hectares of nature and recreation areas. This project was implemented on the authority of the province, the community and the Wasserverbands Hollandse Delta.

The objectives of the project are:

  • Improvement of leisure opportunities in the city

  • Improvement of water quality and water volume
  • Realization of an ecological connection between the Dordtse and the Sliedsrechtes Biesbosch

The ecological connection will soon be established by the Elzen Noord, the Norderdiep zone and the Kop van’t land (springboard) and will strengthen the Netherland’s national network. This is an ecological connection zone of the so-called Biesbosch Natur (wet nature).

In order to achieve this, the water level in the original Polder landscape of the Noorderdiep zone is set to approximately one meter. As a result, the landscape will soon develop into an area where alternatingly reeds (swamp), open water, herbage and  fauna filled grassland and damp hay fields will settle.

White beech and ashwood will be planted in a few places with higher elevation. 

So that recreational sportsmen can enjoy this nature reserve, a recreational network will be created in this area. The Zuidbuitenpoldersekade, which transverses the Noorderdiep zone from East to West will be the main axes of the new region. A continuous planting of nut trees is planned on that side.

There will soon be a higher and drier recreational area on the West sdie of the Noorderdiep zone, where scattered black poplars will be planted.

The new Dordtse Biesbosch should be ready at the end of 2018. Most of the planting will be started in the spring of 2018.

The National Park offers a variety of leisure possibilities.

City kids look for local recreation in the project region.

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Together with you, we contribute to the climate with our efforts in climate protection.
On the other hand, to improve the lives of many people living in the project regions.


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