The project looked at the use and assessment of environmental benefits information to inform the development and implementation of environmental policy in the Netherlands. The main outcome of the project was to provide an inventory of the types of tools employed across the selected case studies to inform policy decisions in different environmental media (e.g. water, air, climate…) and the data sources needed to undertake such assessments.
This study aimed to help the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management in preparing policy documents in its own domain, e.g. for discussions related to flood protection, the EU Water Framework Directive and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive. In addition, it was also used in discussions with other ministries to determine one national framework how to deal with this type of benefits (e.g. in the context of compensation payments to agriculture) that is important but difficult to include in policy analyses with respect to environmental measures.