Transitional Flanks

A photo of a meadow, reeds and a river in the floodplains near Elst
Flood plains of the river Rhine near Elst. Photo: Stichting NPUH

The NPUH is flanked by urbanized and agricultural areas where nature is impacted by emissions of fertilization and pesticides and artificial lowering of groundwater levels through drainage in ditches. The biodiversity on the flanks is impoverished, partly due to the use of monocultures, and the landscape is therefore more vulnerable to weather extremes. The flanks of the NPUH are therefore in need of strengthening and restoring biodiversity values, in combination with more extensive agriculture and a robust water system.