"The independent platform of stakeholders from
Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands
to contribute to an advanced and sustainable development
of the trilateral Wadden Sea Region"

"The independent platform of stakeholders from Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands to contribute to an advanced and sustainable development of the trilateral Wadden Sea Region"

  • Goose Management
    Goose Management

    WSF experts and stakeholders are working together with AEWA and its secretariat to implement goose management schemes on flyway level. The emphasis will be on management plans for Barnacle and Greylag Geese.

  • Green Harbour Concept
    Green Harbour Concept

    The Wadden Sea harbors play an important role for the socio-economic developments as well as for the cultural historic identity of the Region. A new environmental and climate friendly approach is necessary to contributing to a sustainable Wadden Sea Region.

  • Climate Change and Adaptation
    Climate Change and Adaptation

    Natural and man-made climate change will have impacts on the living and development conditions in the Wadden Sea Region. The WSF is dealing with mitigation and adaptation measures to minimize negative impacts.

  • Coastal Management
    Coastal Management

    The overall topic of the WSF is Integrated Coastal Management. It aims at an integrated sustainable development of the entire Wadden Sea Region and connecting the maritime area with the shoreline and the hinterland.

  • Shipping Safety
    Shipping Safety

    Increasing ship traffic and growing off-shore economic developments require sound safety standards also in ship traffic. Improvements of emergency plans, towing capacity and control systems are necessary to meet the future needs.

  • Maritime Spatial Planning
    Maritime Spatial Planning

    Off-shore developments are rapidly growing. An increasing demand for maritime space for various purposes require sound and integrated planning and management.

Wat Nu?

The Island communities Spiekeroog and Juist and the mainland municipality Wangerland and the city Norden have come together to jointly provide challenges of demographic change and new solutions for the tasks of the future. The event is part of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research through the funding measure "municipalities innovative" by a joint project "Wat nu? - Demographic changes in Wadden Sea area". (click on the readmore-link below to be forwarded to the "Wat Nu? - Demographischer Wandel im Wattenmeer Raum" site)


ENHANCE aims at developing and analysing new ways to enhance society’s resilience to catastrophic natural hazard impacts. For this, the project developed new multisector partnerships (MSPs) between public and private sectors, with an important role for the financial sector (e.g. insurers). The hazards were related to heat waves, forest fires, flood, drought, storm surge, and volcanic eruptions. Through close engagement of stake holders and policy organisations, ENHANCE developed MSPs in 10 case studies for managing risk from natural hazards.

AEWA - Goose Management

After working for 3 years on concrete steps to implement the trilateral goose management scheme, the installation of a management group under the responsibilities of the regional governments has not made progress. But a step forward was taken at the international conference on goose management on 27-29 October 2015 in Denmark, where recommendations for a sound management on flyway level and the establishment of an “European Goose Management Platform” were agreed on and forwarded to the 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties of AEWA in Bonn in November 2015 at which the recommendations were adopted. A new international management plan for some species will be elaborated.


Architecture and roadmap to manage multiple pressures on lagoons was a research project to develop methodologies to manage the multiple problems affecting lagoons in Europe. The project was funded by the The Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7) of the European Commission. The WSF was involved as advisor from the stakeholder side. (click on the readmore-link below to be forwarded to the NGI "Arch" site)

CO2 neutral Wadden Sea Region

To develop the Wadden Sea region by 2030 into a CO2-neutral region is an ambitious goal, which needs the support of the entire region with their industry associations, environmental and conservation organizations and social institutions as well as the local and regional politicians. Energy topics, climate change and CO2 reduction have been on the WSF agenda for many years. Recently, a cooperation with the WSB has been arranged to elaborate on elements of a CO2 neutral Wadden Sea Region.

Sust.Indicator - Waddenbarometer

The WSF has elaborated on indicators since 2003 and recently, in cooperation with the Wadden Academy and the universities of Tilburg and Kiel, a new approach was elaborated to make the indicator tool more applicable and attractive for decision makers. An inventory of more than 60 indicators for 570 municipalities in the German WSR as well as a detailed analysis for 2 municipalities have been carried out. The aim was to discuss the scientific results with stakeholders and practitioners in order to consider characteristics of the local level and to make it more applicable.

Planning Portal Wadden Sea Region

The Wadden Sea Region (WSR) Planning Portal, based on a GIS, is an innovative application mapping the WSR including the EEZs of The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. The Planning Portal has a focus on existing and partly planned activities in coastal and off-shore areas. It contains a wide range of uses, facilities and protection demands and is designed to meet the information needs of integrated management and marine spatial planning.

AMK - Arbeitskreis Meere Küsten

The working group „Geography of Seas and Coasts“ (AMK) regards itself as a platform for science, economy, administration and practice. Annual conferences refer to communication about new studies, projects and measures in geo-science, biology, hydraulic engineering and fishing. The WSF is member of the AMK and supports the aims. The annual conference 2017 will take place in Kiel. (click on the readmore-link below to be forwarded to the "AMK" site)

Climate Atlas Wadden Sea Region

Climate change and climate adaptation concerns our society and our stakeholder of the different sectors. Due to cooperation agreements, the climate office of the HZG (Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht) has adapted their existing climate atlas to the requirements of the WSF sectors. For the Wadden Sea Region, more than 100 climate scenarios are placed in this atlas and different parameters can be selected.


Trilateral Goose Management

5234041389The proper management of geese is an issue of increasing relevance in the Wadden Sea Region due to increasing numbers of geese and improved cropping systems favored by geese. On the one hand geese are a natural part of the Wadden Sea and adjoining mainland coastal areas and are a typical element of the Wadden Sea Region biodiversity for which the Wadden Sea states have an international responsibility. They also constitute an important touristic attraction. On the other hand, some goose species cause increasing damage to farmlands, while current management schemes for geese are highly variable between countries and liable to further improvement and harmonization.

geese amelandA Goose Manage- ment Group set up under the Wadden Sea Forum (WSF) with the participation of representatives of national and regional authorities and relevant stakeholders elaborated a report on Goose Management for the Wadden Sea Region, delivered to the 11th Wadden Sea Conference (TGC) in 2010. The report contains an extensive analysis of the development of relevant goose populations and the national management schemes in place. Furthermore the report presented an extensive catalogue of management recommendations and guidance for a Wadden Sea Region wide management. The Sylt Declaration welcomed specifically the WSF goose management guidance and the ministers declared their willingness to support the development of a Goose Management Plan in cooperation with relevant authorities, to achieve a balanced management to accommodate geese in the Wadden Sea Region.

But it became clear, however, that the elaboration of a concrete Goose Management Plan is a huge challenge and may not be possible at the level of detail required for a management plan. Therefore, it became more realistic to elaborate a plan, which is a framework scheme on strategic level, similar to the 2010 report, but with integration of more concrete management measures and defined responsibilities. Following, it was agreed to re-establish a Goose Management Group with representatives of farmer organizations, regional authorities, scientists and NGO's. In December 2013, the GMG presented the final goose management framework scheme, which was also forwarded for decision to the 12th Trilateral Governmental Conference in February 2014 in Tønder, DK.


Goose Report 2010
Goose Report 2014
NEWS 2016
Goose Report 2010print quality
(41pp, English, 3,76 MB)

  Goose Report 2013print quality
(51pp, English, 3,77 MB)
screen quality
(51pp, English, 0,7 MB)
  Goose Management
AEWA Project
- Starting 2016

Outcomes of the
international conference
27-29 October 2015,
Gram Slot, Denmark

"When the fox preaches, take care of your geese: the urgent need for international collaboration to manage migratory geese"
by David Stroud, Jesper Madsen
and Tony Fox,
British Birds, February 2016