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Merge natural heritage groups to cut costs, says ANWB chief

Monday 26 November 2012

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Dutch nature organisations should merge into a single body known as Natural Heritage in order to cut costs, the head of the motoring and tourism organisation ANWB says in Monday’s Trouw.

A merger would lead to the loss of some 1,500 of 5,000 jobs, reducing pressure on the organisations’ budgets, Guido van Woerkom told the paper, quoting government figures.

Government policy has led to a reduction in subsidies for nature organisations and personnel is the biggest single cost, the ANWB chairman points out.

To kick off, forestry group Staatsbosbeheer, national park institute Natuurmonumenten and the provincial landscape group Provinciale Landschappen should merge at a regional level, Van Woerkom suggests. Later other organisations could join in.

‘Does a walker care if he or she is on land run by the forestry commission or a national park?’ he said. ‘All that matters is nature is kept tidy and he or she can enjoy it.’

© DutchNews.nl



 

Readers' Comments

‘All that matters is nature is kept tidy...'

An oxymoron that perfectly sums up the Dutch State's attitude to natural forces.

By Lewis | 26 November 2012 7:48 AM

No I do not care who takes care of the land, but having said that I would if I knew it would lead to the loss of some 1,500 of 5,000 jobs.What are those folks suppose to do if laid off? How about freezing their wage and keep them on.

By dee | 26 November 2012 7:57 AM

Hi,
This is good news aliened to the German ”Bund Heimatschutz” or British National Trust which has a charity status and is open to donations. Just one remark, you Dutch should look after your trees, you may need them.

By Terence Hale | 26 November 2012 9:06 AM

@dee Those people should go find different jobs, in which they can have a more productive and positive impact on society. Employment should not be the objective; if there's a clear way to achieve the same result while spending 30% less on salaries, let's do it.

By Ben | 26 November 2012 9:09 AM

Why is not possible to comment in all the news? Like the one below about the young boy shot dead by the police unarmed?

By Van de Wit | 26 November 2012 10:16 AM

@dee: don't worry about the 1,500 jobs, they forgot to mention that they're only temps employed by agencies: if they said that, it would make the article less interesting ;)- nature has always taken care of itself, & long before we arrived on the scene.

By The visitor | 26 November 2012 12:09 PM

Why is not possible to comment in all the news? Like the one below about the young boy shot dead by the police unarmed?

By Van de Wit | 26 November 2012 12:44 PM

@Van de Wit: I think the DutchNews staff is limited, and certain subjects would just attract a troll fest from "internet warriors" who reach the articles via Google News or other aggregators, overwhelming the DN staff.

By Andre L. | 26 November 2012 9:18 PM

@Van de Wit: It's called censorship ;)

(U Tube (Google) does that also, government control. :(

By The visitor | 26 November 2012 9:23 PM

Actually, the visitor, Youtube's comment system is not moderated. The result is a true feast for trolls.

By pepe | 27 November 2012 9:44 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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