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OECD Rural Policy Reviews Netherlands: (Complete Edition ‐ ISBN 9264041966)

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How does one meet the challenges of rural development in a country that is arguably one of the least "rural" among the OECD?  Faced with high population density, close proximity of urban areas and urban‐rural linkages, rural areas in the Netherlands have witnessed a gradual disappearance of characteristically rural landscapes and a deterioration of biodiversity. Future developments will increase pressures on rural land use, making a policy framework to address these challenges only more pertinent.

Dutch rural policy has recently been decentralised so that regional differences can be better taken into account. Although it is a promising development, decentralisation of rural policy raises concerns about policy coherence, provincial capacity and regional autonomy. The abundant urban‐rural linkages in the Netherlands will require close co‐ordination between rural and urban policies. In addition, instruments for land development will have to be strengthened to balance both current and future demands for rural land use.

This report will be of interest to policy makers, researchers, NGOs and others active in rural development.

French and Dutch translations of the Assessment and Recommendations have been included in this volume.


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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2008-06-01

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