The Netherlands Build Artificial Archipelago on the Markermeer Lake to Bring Wildlife Back to the Area


A costly solution is bringing back to life wildlife of a Dutch Lake the Markermeer. 

The future of the Markermeer became very grave when in 1976 the Dutch government built a dam for flood control. This step was an environmental misstep and trapped sediment, muddied its waters and damaged its wildlife. 

An artificial archipelago on a lake collects sediment and attracts thousands of birds, massive amounts of insects, fish and other wildlife to the lake. The authorities want to improve the quality of water and encourage the growth of more than 100 plant species.

The Dutch government united its efforts with the Dutch Society for Nature Conservation. The society came up with the idea and the government provided about half of the project’s budget, which amounted to about $89 million. The rest was collected from a number of public and private sources. 

The archipelago is beautiful and secluded, bridges and walkways guide people around its shores. The islands already became a tourist destination for nature enthusiasts. Money raised from tourism will support the islands. 

With the changing climate conditions the country, where 26 per cent of the land is below sea level, becomes more and more vulnerable. The government managed to avoid flooding catastrophes since 1953 and it is in a constant search of a solution to the problem. An artificial land constriction is one of the on-going climate adaption projects to keep the country safe.

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