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The Netherlands

Through the rolling NEPP process over the last decade, The Netherlands has succeeded in reducing its environmental burden (particularly reducing pollution levels) while enjoying improved living standards and economic growth (a process the NEPP calls ‘decoupling’, which means achieving economic growth while reducing material use and pollution). A particular achievement of the NEPP process is that it has involved representatives of government at all levels, business and voluntary organizations, including environmental activists, in dialogue, visioning, planning and setting objectives and targets for the country’s short-, medium-and long-term future.