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The 2017 Dutch Nature Conservancy Act (Natuurbeschermingswet) protects a number of plants and animals living in the wild. If you want to carry out work in Dutch nature conservation areas, in some cases you need dispensation or an All-in one Permit for Physical Aspects with regard to activities that may harm protected species. Exemptions apply to some protected species.
Working with a Code of conduct
You must follow the guidelines laid down in an approved Code of Conduct. A Code of Conduct states how you can prevent or minimise damage to protected plants and animals during the course of work. You may be exempt from otherwise prohibited activities when acting according to an approved Code of Conduct. Contact the government public information service to find out more about its Nature policy in the years to come.
Drawing up and approval of a Code of Conduct
Sectors, organisations or trade associations may draw up a Code of Conduct (in Dutch), which has to be approved by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). There are, among others, Codes for silviculture, spatial development and nature conservation.