ZEEGSE – The nature restoration project at Roodzanden can start now that the Provincial Executive has adopted the development plan. Nature is dealing with drought and eutrophication. After the design, the area is more resilient and can absorb more water, which is important during peak rainfall.
Implementer Prolander can now apply for permits for the plan and then go out to tender. The Roodzanden area is approximately 60 hectares in size and is located on the flank of the Schipborgerdiep between Zeegse and Oudemolen. After the implementation work, the area will join the larger nature network through the Netherlands, the NNN (Nature Network Netherlands). The area is also part of the Drentsche Aa Natura 2000 area.
Region and partners involved
The region, stakeholders and partners are closely involved in drawing up the development plan. Peace, quiet and nature are identified as core values by the environment. The combination of the forests, drifting dunes and the romantic stream valley with old plants has great value for recreationists then and now. These aspects have been given a place in the planning process. The aim is to start implementation in the autumn of 2024.
More resilient to climate change
Nature in the Drentsche Aa is struggling with desiccation and eutrophication (too many nutrients). To make the Drentsche Aa more resilient to this and more resistant to climate change, restoration of the water system (hydrology) and the impoverishment of nature is necessary. By also filling in ditches and ditches, the area can absorb more water and allow the soil to slowly collapse. During peak showers, the water is drained more slowly.
A special linking opportunity of the project is the creation of an open connection across the entire stream valley flank. In at least one spot in an intermediate forest plot, most trees will make way for the desired continuous, open connection. This forest plot is owned by Staatsbosbeheer. The reason for cooperation is that a more open landscape is created, something that is a valued feature of this environment from a more distant past. Because of the desired connection, this more open structure in the landscape is also of added value: the connection provides good growing and living conditions for flora (e.g. heathland) and fauna (e.g. amphibians, butterflies).
Working towards goals
The Drentsche Aa sub-programme falls under the Natural Countryside Program (PNP). System restoration and improving water quantity and quality are linked to the objectives of the Nature Program, Nature Network Netherlands, the Water Framework Directive and Water Management 21st century. The province is working on the Roodzanden project together with the environment, landowners and its partners: Prolander, municipality of Tynaarlo, Hunze en Aa’s Water Board, Staatsbosbeheer, Drenthe Private Land Ownership.