National Park Lauwersmeer
On 12th November 2003 the Lauwersmeer area was officially designated Lauwersmeer National Park. This designation accorded by the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) is a recognition of the exceptional (natural) significance of the Lauwersmeer area. It indicates the intention of the various interest groups to collaborate in the management of the area.
The managers of the Lauwersmeer National Park are representatives of government bodies, conservationists, landowners and organisations with a particular interest (fisheries, agriculture and the leisure sector). This management team, the Overlegorgaan (Consultative Body), is charged with ensuring that the National Park functions appropriately; it is responsible for policy, management, recreation, information and education. In all of this the organisations involved - conservationists, local councils and water authorities - all maintain their own authorisations and responsibilities.
The Consultative Body is advised by two working parties:
1. The Permanente BeheersadviesCommissie (Permanent Management Advisory Committee - PBC) advises the Consultative Body on such matters as management and organisation of the National Park. The committee consists of members of the managing bodies and intereted parties. The committee facilitates the working of the Consultative Body.
2. The Werkgroep Voorlichting, Educatie en Recreatie (VER) (working party for information, education and recreation) is responsible for drawing up, implementing and evaluating plans to do with information, education and recreation in the National Park. This working party has an advisory role towards the Consultative Body. Interested parties and other bodies working in the region in education and/or recreation are represented in the VER.
National Parks in the Netherlands work together
There are also collaborative links between all the Dutch National Parks. These links take concrete form in the Samenwerkende Nationale Parken (Collaborative National Parks (SNP)). The collaboration strengthens the unity and the development of the overall system. Exchange of information reinforces involvement in and public acceptance of the entire National Parks system