Meijendel is a Nature Reserve located between Wassenaar and The Hague. It is the largest interconnected dune area in South Holland with a surface area of almost 2000 hectares. This area is an important habitat for a multitude of wildlife, including 250 species of birds, as well as rabbits, foxes, weasels and roe deer. Although it is a nature reserve, it is also used for water purification, and the drinking water for the city of The Hague passes through these dunes, making this a great example of an ecosystem service.
Meijendel is a key area to protect sensitive dune flora and fauna. For example, it is ranked in the top 10 for the most bird-rich reserves in the Netherlands. In addition, Dunea, the drinking water producers who manage the area, has several initiatives to restore and protect the area and to prevent the sand dunes from being overgrown.In addition, the area has a critical role in providing clean drinking water to the many inhabitants of the region.
Clean Water and Sanitation: This is an important area for the production of clean drinking water for over 1 million people, including The Hague.
Sustainable Cities and Communities: Meijendel supports this development goal by being a nature reserve which the community can interact with and educate. It essentially provides a green space for communities
Life on Land: It provides an important habitat for many plants and animals. For example, it is the top 10 most bird-rich reserve in the Netherlands, with over 250 species being found in the area.