While governments and large organisations such as the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the water boards, but also nature protection organisations used to be able to operate fairly independently, nowadays they come across far more organisations in the public domain which want to participate. At the request of the Dutch Society for Nature Conservation, the professorship of Sustainable Landscape Management conducted research into this new role, also known as ‘government participation’.

The findings were recorded in the Dutch report ‘Guideline for working with communities – Best practices with the Dutch Society for Nature Conservation.'