Mapping the consequences plans will have for nitrogen deposition rates in Natura 2000 areas is a discipline that is receiving growing attention. Nitrogen deposition is a relatively new aspect, and regional and local policy on this matter tends to vary, while clear guidelines on how to calculate nitrogen deposition rates are lacking and current nitrogen levels in the Netherlands are relatively high. As a result, obtaining a permit under the Nature Conservancy Act of 1998 is often considered a major hurdle every project needs to overcome.
In recent years, Antea Group has been closely involved in running nitrogen deposition studies and associated processes. Several of our consultants therefore possess ample knowledge of how to calculate nitrogen deposition rates, as well as of various authorities' stance on this issue, coupled with thorough understanding of current policy, including associated jurisprudence. Given the large variety of sources, procedures, and perspectives, the aim is to run a customized study for each separate project, which includes an ecological assessment and possibly the taking of mitigating measures.
Antea Group has in recent years run several such studies, including calculation, mapping, and assessment of the consequences for nitrogen deposition. Such studies were conducted for projects for the A74 highway (near Venlo), A4 highway (Dinteloord to Bergen op Zoom), and N18 highway, as well as regional projects, such as the bypass around Dieren, the N69 highway, and at various company premises across the Netherlands. More recently, we also conducted studies for medium-sized and large companies in the Port of Rotterdam, and in Zeeland province (near Vlissingen and Terneuzen).
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