PAS and AERIUS approach also of interest to other EU Member States

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

EU Member States work with a variety of methods for determining and managing the impacts of nitrogen on biodiversity. The Dutch Integrated Approach to Nitrogen (PAS), put into practice using AERIUS, is a very good example of a robust and transparent approach to the issue of nitrogen. The integrated approach could be applied across all Member States. This is one of the conclusions in the report on a nitrogen workshop of the EU Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process for the Atlantic region, held in December 2013.

Regarding policy supporting tools, the workshop participants concluded that a tool set needs to be developed that can be used to link causes and effects on different spatial scales. The tool set should enable policy formulation and support consensus building on nitrogen reduction between all sectors involved. AERIUS is considered a prime example of such a tool. Moreover, such a tool set may also provide developers with the possibility of assessing options for sustainable growth and be used to underpin permit applications, according to the report.

Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process
The Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process is an initiative by the European Commission, designed for the exchange of best practices in policy and management of Natura 2000 between EU Member States. Nitrogen deposition is seen as one of the main threats to nature, in the Atlantic region.

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