The IJsselmeer region plays a pivotal role in Dutch water management. The region is of great value in terms of the natural environment and cultural history. The IJsselmeer Closure Dam (Afsluitdijk) has made the entire region safer and has enabled land to be reclaimed. A freshwater reservoir has been created which is of benefit to agriculture, industry, and nature in a large part of the Netherlands. Society uses the lakes and their banks in many different ways, such as recreational activities, the extraction of drinking water, and shipping.
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