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Dutch farming decline "will boost nature"

An expected fall in Holland's farmed area could result in a 10-15% improvement in the quality of nature and landscape by 2030, according to the independent but government-supported Nature policy assessment unit (NPB). Land is likely to be released from agriculture because Dutch farmers are ageing, the NPB observes. Whatever its other consequences, this trend is "an opportunity for nature", it says. More wild or semi-wild areas are expected to benefit a range of species, including "many hundreds of plants". See NPB and press release.

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