Waternet is responsible for the purification of drinking water for the city of Amsterdam and surrounding areas. It is only water company in the Netherlands that is dedicated to the entire cycle from drinking water, sewage and waterschappen. Waternet also owns a large nature reserve area near the city of Zandvoort as part of the Natura 2000. This precious region is an important biodiversity area and home to a number of deer. An issue arose on the nature reserve as the population of deer exploded to a population larger than the carrying capacity of the land.
The overpopulation lead to decreased biodiversity on with in the nature reserve from deer grazing, deer expanding their grazing territory to include suburbs gardens outside of the nature reserve, and an increased risk and incident of deer related traffic accidents. Therefore it was recognized by Waternet and local parties that something must be done about the large deer population. The question was what was the best approach.
TheRockGroup facilitated a complex multi stakeholder discussion. Stakeholders participating in the discussion were the city of Amsterdam, shareholders of Waternet, NGOs with particular interest in animal protection, and the local community. We began by looking at the need to regulate the deer population to minimize the safety hazards their large population posed and to allow for the recovery of biodiversity on the nature reserve. Once it was agreed that the deer population needed to be regulated we directed the discussion towards the the most effective way to do so.
The discussions were complex as each stakeholder had different areas of most concern however in the end the conclusion was reached that culling the deer population was the most effective option to ensure human safety and recovery of the nature reserve.