Ministry of Infrastructure and Water management


Responsible for drafting the Water Policy and for overseeing the implementation of laws, regulations and conventions, such as the OSPAR Convention.

Coordinator of IDON, which supports the elaboration and evaluation of the integrated North Sea Policy.

Rijkswaterstaat (the Dutch maritime and marine management organisation) is the maritime coordinating management authority with licensing competences.

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate

Responsible for licensing gas and oil exploration activities, for monitoring the compliance of legal regulations for the detection and extraction of mineral resources. Involved in large-scale wind power developments, among other responsibilities regarding the environmental safety of the sea.

Ministry of Defence

Responsible for water data mapping, and the development of activities related to the security and defence of the country.

Ministry of Finance

Responsible for customs, and for taxation.