A function of the Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency (MNP) is to provide support in seeking a political and societal balance between economic, ecological, spatial and socio-cultural qualities in society from an ecological perspective. This work is done primarily by order of the Ministries of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM) and of Agriculture, Nature Management and Food Quality (LNV).
Climate adaptation, sustainability and complexity in regulation important topics for 2008
In 2008 MNP will bring out such statutory products as the Environmental Balance and Nature Balance. The organisation will also focus on the evaluation and support of the Dutch national energy and climate policy, ‘Schoon and Zuinig’ (clean and economical). This will take place in the context of sustainable development and in harmony with the climate and energy proposals of the European Commission. The intention is to present an integrated vision on biofuels at the end of 2008.
The national assessment agencies, MNP, the Spatial Planning Bureau (RPB) and the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP), taken collectively, will, in cooperation with the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), bring out a joint sustainability monitor, focusing on the most important indicators for determining if the Netherlands is steering a sustainable course.
An ex-ante evaluation of the Water Framework Directive (KRW), requested by the Dutch Ministry for Transport, Public Works and Water Management (V & W), is to be published before the summer.
MNP also contributes to various international projects of such bodies as the EU, UNEP, OECD and the Dutch Directorate–General for International Cooperation (DGIS).
The Dutch Cabinet has recently decided to have MNP and RPB merge into one new agency in the course of 2008.