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"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.

Projects
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)

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ENHANCE

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.

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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.

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ARCH

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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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WSF Sustainability Indicator Tool

The indicator set is a tool for the WSF to communicate the developments in sustainability with so-called indexes to the Forum members for discussing the developments, for politicians and decision-makers in the Wadden Sea regions and municipalities to know about the sustainability development trends. The tool will deliver annual information about the progress or regress of sustainability of the defined regions, including information about specific weaknesses and strengths.

With regard to contributing to a sustainable development in the Wadden Sea Region, the WSF has identified overall sustainability objectives as well as sector-specific strategies for achieving these objectives. Sustainability indicators were required to measure the actual status of sustainable development, as well as progress in achieving the objectives. The WSF has assessed data from 2003 till 2013 according to the sustainability of the Wadden Sea Region.

Indic Graph 2014The tool is based on a multi-level system with different levels of details.
LEVEL 1 shows the overall temperature of sustainable development in the Wadden Sea Region via summing up the Level 2 measurements for the social, the economic and the ecological dimensions, respectively.
LEVEL 2 measures are based on a scoring system with regard to assessments of the indicator values in level 3. A positive, neutral or negative score is given for each of the 16 main objectives, i.e. whether the status or trend is positive, neutral or negative with respect to the given objective.
LEVEL 3 is two-folded; this level contains the primary data of all sub-indicators (the indicators of level two are an aggregation of sub-indicators of level 3). Furthermore, the data is assessed and attached with values due to the agreed objectives. These values feed in the scoring system of level two.
The results shown in the graph reflect the overall temperature of the development of the three sustainability dimensions ecology, economy and social situation in the Wadden Sea Region. Individual indicators, respectively sub-indicators like unemployment rate or industrial chemical in bird eggs could influence the shape of the graphs and a healthy economy must not necessarily have adverse impacts on ecology. To analyze the causes of the overall picture, the indicator tool has to be explored on the lower level.

Interested organizations are invited to discuss with us the further development of the trilateral indicator tool and to cooperate according improvements. Please contact the WSF secretariat.

The scale of the ordinate in the graph is based on the division of the total score by the number of available indicators in order to make it comparable.

Indicators 2014The indicator tool is maintained throughout the years and adapted to the changes within the national and regional statistics. In some cases, data for the selected indicators are provided with a delay of two years, which means, data provided in 2010 concerns the year 2008. In order to update the graphs, calculated data have to be used, but this is indicated and marked in level 3 of the indicator tool. The table shows the scoring results of 16 indicators in level 2.