Long term climate adaptation for agriculture on dutch peatlands
The objective of this thesis was to understand the different stakeholders’ perspectives about climate-smart agriculture practices in Dutch peatland areas, that are applicable with current groundwater management practices. By conducting an explanatory case study research into the cases of “Midden-Holland” and “Waterland” was this research able to achieve its objective. In understanding the perspectives this research concluded that the most tension is visible between farmers and legislators. Farmers are generally willing to adapt new measures as long as they are profitable for their business. Government grants for the realization of under water drainage systems can improve the profitability of this system and thereby making the measure financially more interesting for farmers. It is this underwater drainage systems that can improve the environmental situation by reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as slowing the rate of subsidence in farmlands. Food security is then achieved since farmers have longer growing seasons and the effects of wet and dry situations are levelled by the drainage system.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen