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12 November 2014

The Dutch council of State decided that the Hedwige polder in Zeeland can be put under water, so the 295 acres of farmland will be given back to nature. The quibbling over the future of the Hedwige polder is already going on for years. Opponents, including the owner of the polder, do not believe in nature restoration.


Netherlands has agreed with Belgium the polder has to be put under water to compensate for the deepening of the Westerschelde for better access to the port of Antwerp. Hundreds of objections were filled by locals, but was decreed by law in February anyway. According to the  Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs the stabbing the dikes would be needed for preservation of the unique tidal nature in Europe would be.

Opponents, including the owner of the polder, do not believe in nature restoration. They think that is an excuse to allow expansion of the ports in Antwerp. The flooding of the Dutch polder is planned to happen in 2017. It is expected that locals will not let this happen easily.




 

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