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Sustainable use of nature is good for the economy


Nature provides all kinds of goods and services that offer economic opportunities, such as a water, food, building materials and recreation areas. However, this 'natural capital' is under pressure due to the growing world population and increased economic prosperity.

Country pledges overshoot Paris temperature limit


Individual country pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would need to be strengthened in order to limit future climate change to well below the 2°C limit included in the Paris climate agreement, according to a new analysis published in the journal Nature, with one of the lead authors Michel den Elzen (PBL).

The impact of a Brexit on British regions


New research by the CER (Centre for European Reform), University of Groningen and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency shows the paradoxical result that eurosceptic regions have the most to lose from a Brexit.

Europeanisation of Spatial Planning in the Netherlands mapped out


One of the priorities of the Dutch EU presidency is the European Better Regulation Agenda. A particular cause for concern within this agenda is the fragmentation of EU policy. In this context, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency investigated the effects of fragmented EU policies on Dutch spatial planning.


Cities in Europe and the Netherlands

Cities are expected to play a key role in delivering the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, green and inclusive growth. Cities and urban areas in Europe presented in 25 infographics.

One-page website on water safety

The Netherlands is currently the best protected delta in the world. However, flooding can never be ruled out completely. In terms of consequences, floods are among the worst disasters that can hit the Netherlands. This onepager shows the possibilities to reduce the number of potential casualties and decrease social disruption.

One-pager on global CO2

Are global CO2 emissions still rising? This one-pager answers questions such as: which countries are the largest emitters? And have developed countries reduced their emissions? PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency presents the latest facts and figures.

COP21 Paris

In December 2015, countries worldwide assembled at the UN climate negotiations in Paris to discuss and adopt a new international climate change agreement. PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency provided information on some of the key questions for the Paris negotiations, especially on mitigation.

Biodiversity: further decline or bending the trend?

What is happening to life on earth? What are the pressures affecting biological diversity globally, and what can be done to stop its decline? This animated film brings you to the year 2050. The choices that we as a society make today will determine what the world will look like decades from now.