On June 30th the Dutch government will decide on a new road connection between Amsterdam, Schiphol airport and Almere. It is Transport Minister Peijs’ preferred option for beating the congestion in the area. Many are against this plan, as the new tunnel and highway will go very close near the oldest nature reserve of the Netherlands, the Naardermeer.
Natuurmonumenten, The Society for the Preservation of Nature Reserves in the Netherlands, owns the Naardermeer and it is their oldest acquisition, dating back to 1906. The area of marshland is an internationally recognized reserve, and an important resting stop for migratory birds, including the Eurasian Spoonbill. The organization has started an extensive campaign on television, radio and in newspapers against the proposed building of the highway. Dutch celebrities are visiting the reserve and expressing their concerns about the plans in the media.
The political party PvdA expressed this week that they are also against the A6 to A9-highway connection and said that there are other ways to relieve traffic around Amsterdam. “It is not necessary to bring Naardermeer in danger,” party member Co Verdaas said. “So don’t do this!”
The campaign of Natuurmonumenten is not the only effort against the proposal. Some of the others are:
Natuurmonumenten is not against mobility and realizes that a solution is needed for the congestion around Amsterdam, but many alternatives to the proposed highway have been constructed, alternatives that are being supported by local and provincial authorities, and many organisations. In April, ministers Peijs and Dekker have already expressed their preference for the building of the highway between the A6 and A9, and on 30 June the cabinet will make a decision. If you want to support Natuurmonumenten you can become a member or sign the online petition.