Increasingly, local and provincial authorities are seeking to promote sustainability in their region, although the precise definitions of the concept differ. This is also the case for development of the harbour facilities along the North Sea Canal, where various parties are currently working on a vision of the future setting out the desired long-term development path for this area. In this context the Green-Left fraction of the Noord-Holland provincial executive is keen to make activities in the area more sustainable so that these still provide sufficient employment and opportunities for economic growth without this going at the expense of environment, biodiversity and landscape.
Against this background the fraction asked CE Delft to review the strategies available to government authorities to pursue sustainable development in the ports of the North Sea Canal area. In this report three basic policy tracks are elaborated: