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Cheese and Subsidence

Goal

In an open and equal partnership, Zuivelfabriek De Graafstroom, the province of South Holland, Zuivelcoöperatie DeltaMilk (a cooperative of dairy farmers), Rabobank, Waterschap Rivierenland and Wageningen University & Research are joining forces to realise the following shared ambitions: 

  • future-proof agriculture in the peat meadow region
  • a solution for subsidence
  • the restoration of biodiversity in the Groene Hart 
  • a climate-proof water system 
  • economically resilient farms 

Started

februari 2019

Partners

Logo De Graafstroom
Logo Province of South Holland
Logo DeltaMilk
Logo Rabobank
Logo Waterschap Rivierenland
Logo Wageningen University &  Research

Themes

SUBSIDENCE

We are investigating whether adding water to the soil through pipes (level-controlled pressure infiltration) can stop the subsidence in the region, or at least significantly reduce it.

Driver: Ton van der Putten, Waterschap Rivierenland
T.VANDER.PUTTEN@WSRL.NL

 

BIODIVERSITY

We research and invest in measures including herb-rich grasslands that contribute to healthy soil life and the unique meadow bird population of black-tailed godwits, lapwings, redshanks and snipe.

Driver:
Mags Dootjes, province of South Holland
M.DOOTJES@PZH.NL

 

REVENUE MODELS

We are working to develop revenue models based around biodiversity and the reduction of subsidence and CO₂ emissions, based on CO₂ credits. Companies that want to offset their emissions invest via these CO₂ credits in lower emissions by the peat meadow region.

Driver: Cees van den Bos, Projectmanager Climate, Rabobank Food & Agri
CEES.VAN.DEN.BOS@RABOBANK.NL

 

KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT

We are developing knowledge about climate-proof and future-proof agriculture in the Groene Hart.

Driver: Judith Westerink, Researcher Landscape Governance, Wageningen Environmental Research
JUDITH.WESTERINK@WUR.NL

Contact

Louis Rippen

Programme Manager
Louis.Rippen@degraafstroom.com

Nathalie Manenschijn

Provincie of South Holland
ncm.manenschijn@pzh.nl