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Field Excursions

The conference organisers offer two post-conference field excursions, excursions 1 and 2, both to take place Friday 14 June 2013. If you wish to participate, you can indicate this in the registration form. If the excursion of your choice will not take place (e.g. because of not enough participants), you can also indicate on the registration form whether you wish to take part in the other excursion, instead of in the excursion of your original choice.

Field excursion 1

Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes, agriculture related problems in flower-growing (bulb) region, city of Amsterdam

This excursion will start at the Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes, the main source of drinking water for the city of Amsterdam. This dune area south of the city of Zandvoort is one of the largest nature reserves along the Dutch coast, comprising 3,400 hectares with a rich flora and fauna and various types of landscapes. The area stretches 8 kilometres along the Dutch North Sea coast with a width varying from 1.5 to 5 kilometres. We will make a bike tour through the area, bicycles to be supplied for us. For non-bikers a limited number of seats in a mini-van is available.
The Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes are used for the production of drinking water, largely originating from water from the Rhine River. Pre-treated (filtered) river water is transported by a system of channels to 40 open ponds, where it infiltrates into the sandy subsurface. After an average of about 90 days of slow seepage through the shallow aquifer it is recovered by drains and open canals and transported through those canals to the treatment plant. In a few purification steps it is transformed to potable water.

Hereafter the trip leads to the nearby flower-growing area called the Bulb Region, just at the toe of the dune area. The agricultural characteristics of this major tourist attraction and also ground- and surface water problems (related to pesticides and nutrients) resulting from the cultivation of bulbs will be discussed.

In the afternoon the excursion continues to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. From its earliest days, Amsterdam has been a bustling hub of commerce that welcomed other cultures with open arms. A guided city walk or a cruise through the Amsterdam canals will learn you more about this lovely city, including its long and eventful history and backgrounds of the Dutch pragmatic tolerance.

Start of excursion: 8:30
Return to The Hague: ca. 18:00
Price: €85

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Field excursion 2

Nieuwkoop Lakes (water quality in peat wetland nature reserves due to agriculture in neighbouring  areas), visit to the Zaanse Schans Open Air Museum

In the morning we will visit the Nieuwkoopse plassen (Nieuwkoop Lakes).
The Nieuwkoopse Plassen are part of the Holland-Utrecht low fenland region which is called the ‘Groene Hart’ (in English: Green Heart) of the Netherlands. This nature area of 2,000 hectares is among the most important wetland regions in the Netherlands. The Nieuwkoopse Plassen are a result of the peat extraction in the 16th century. Peat was excavated up to the depth of a few metres below sea level, to be used for heating of houses. Nowadays it is a nature reserve that belongs to the typical Dutch peat wetlands and consists of shallow lakes and bogs. The Nieuwkoopse Plassen are surrounded by agricultural areas that strongly influence the water quality in the lakes. Several measures haven been taken to improve water quality. Currently a facility is being constructed to remove phosphate from water, before it enters the lakes. During this trip, we will learn more about the water problems related to the nearby agriculture and will have a tour, where we can enjoy the diversity of birds and plants, that inhabit this vast and quiet bog landscape.

In the afternoon, we will visit the famous and popular Zaanse Schans, where we can taste the atmosphere of everyday life in the past centuries. The Zaanse Schans is a neighbourhood of the city of Zaandam, northwest of Amsterdam. It has a collection of well-preserved historic windmills and houses; the ca. 35 houses were moved to the museum area in the 1970s. Essentially this was a windmill-powered “industrial” area of the Dutch Golden age of 17th century. The windmills were built after 1574.
Zaanse Schans is one of the popular tourist attractions of the region and an anchor point of ERIH, the European Route of Industrial Heritage. It attracts approximately 900,000 visitors every year.

Start of excursion: 8:30
Return to The Hague: ca. 18:00
Price: €85

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