List of national parks of the Netherlands

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National Parks in the Netherlands

National parks in the Netherlands were defined in the 1960s as areas of at least 10 km² consisting of natural terrains, water and/or forests, with a special landscape and flora and fauna.

The first two national parks were founded in the 1930s by private organisations. The first official national park, Schiermonnikoog National Park, was not established until 1989. The most recent national park to have been established is the Alde Feanen National Park, in April 2006.[1] In 2009 the Weerribben national park was extended with the Wieden area, bringing the total area covered by national parks to 10.500 ha.

In 2011, the government decided to make the provinces responsible for the national parks.

National parks[edit]

Name park Province Size[2] Established
Lauwersmeer National Park Groningen, Friesland 6.000 ha 2003
Schiermonnikoog National Park Friesland 5.400 ha 1989
Alde Feanen National Park Friesland 4.000 ha 2006
Drents-Friese Wold National Park Drenthe, Friesland 6.100 ha 2000
Dwingelderveld National Park Drenthe 3.700 ha 1991
Drentsche Aa National Landscape Drenthe 10.600 ha 2002
De Weerribben-Wieden National Park Overijssel 10.500 ha 1992 / 2009
Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park Overijssel 2.740 ha 2004
Veluwezoom National Park Gelderland 5.000 ha 1930
Hoge Veluwe National Park Gelderland 5.400 ha 1935
Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park Utrecht 6.000 ha 2003
Dunes of Texel National Park North Holland 4.300 ha 2002
Zuid-Kennemerland National Park North Holland 3.800 ha 1995
Oosterschelde National Park Zeeland 37.000 ha 2002
De Biesbosch National Park North Brabant, South Holland 7.100 ha 1994
De Zoom - Kalmthoutse Heide Cross-Border Park North Brabant, Antwerp (Belgium) 3.750 ha 2001
De Loonse en Drunense Duinen National Park North Brabant 3.400 ha 2002
De Groote Peel National Park Limburg/North Brabant 1.340 ha 1993
Maasduinen National Park Limburg 4.200 ha 1996
Meinweg National Park Limburg 1.700 ha 1995

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ A brochure in English with short information on all the Dutch National Parks is online available
  2. ^ Nationale Parken in Nederland. The Hague: Ministry of LNV. 2005. 

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