WSF plenary 18-19 May 2020 - POSTPONED presumably to week 27 (end June 2020)

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

The Wadden Sea harbours 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 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

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

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

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


"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"


4 March:
WG ICZM 2020-1, Bremen, D

12 March (postponed):
OP-Team, Hamburg, D

30 March (phone conference):
SC 2020-1, Bremen, D
EC 2020-1, Bremen, D

1 April (postponed):
Sediment Management, Groningen, NL

16 April (postponed):
OP-Team, Hamburg, D

28 April:
Goose, Hannover, D

29 April (postponed):
Dark Sky, Bremen, D

9 May:
Marschenrat Excursion, WHV, D

18-19 May (postponed):
WSF 37 + GA 2020-1, Tønder, DK

16-18 June:
AEWA Goose Management, Helsinki, Fin

18 June:
WSB 31, DK

DARK SKY in the Wadden Sea Region


According to an increasing light pollution not only in cities but also in rural areas, the value of dark skies and nights comes into focus of the society. In the past, light emissions were not seen as a problem, on the contrary, it was welcomed e.g. for making the surrounding area better visible, to illuminate cultural assets and to create emotional light events.
Nowadays, darkness is a special value in a lightened region, and we are increasingly seeing the economic potential that goes with it. Dark nights are becoming a unique selling point that inhabitants and tourists experience in our areas.
Furthermore, it is recognised that light emissions do have negative effects on the biodiversity, behaviour of animals, particularly insects as well as on biorhythm and well-being of humans.
The Wadden Sea Forum is now dealing with all aspects of light pollution and dark skies, elaborating on ecological and socio-economic impacts as well as on the assets and intrinsic values of dark skies and nights.

WSF Goosemanagement Newspaper Article

Policy Paper WSF 2019Recently the "Ostfriesische Nachrichten" placed an article about our position regarding Goosemanagement. "Farmers are annoyed about damages caused by barnacle geese. Wadden Sea Forum calls for a quick solution for agriculture in Leer and complains about the inactivity of the regions." (read the full article in German) and (see more information on Goosemanagement)

WSF Resolution Goosemanagement

Policy Paper WSF 2019The WSF plenary discussed in its meeting on 18-19 November the process of implementing the AEWA management plans for Greylag and Barnacle geese on flyway level. These management plans were adopted by the range states in December 2018. For the implementation in the different countries Favorable Reference Values (FRVs) have to be defined. As this process is lacking, the WSF elaborated a resolution, which requests the responsible ministries to speed up the process and support the AEWA concept. The Meeting adopted the resolution without any vote of dissent. (see more information and document)

WSF presents Policy Paper

Policy Paper WSF 2019Climate change is a fast growing threat impacting the Wadden Sea Region (WSR) with the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site and its hinterland, where people live, work and recreate. The Wadden Sea Forum has elaborated a policy paper on challenges of water management in the Wadden Sea Region due to climate change. The paper reflects the view of the different stakeholders of the WSF and is forwarded to responsible organisations and decision makers to consider WSF recommendations in their dealings.
The policy paper is available in the languages English, German, Dutch, Danish.

Inventory report for a climate-friendly Wadden Sea Region

online surveyAt the 11th Trilateral Governmental Conference for the Protection of the Wadden Sea on Sylt in 2010, it had been stated that the Wadden Sea Region (WSR) shall develop into a CO2-neutral region. This was reinforced at the conference in 2014 in Tønder.

To analyze the progress with regard to this aim, the Wadden Sea Board in cooperation with the WSF agreed to elaborate an inventory of CO2 reduction policies, measures and best practices. This was done on different levels, to get a complete picture, encompassing the European and national levels as well as the Wadden Sea Region with its provinces, counties and municipalities. On the local level only best practice examples have been compiled. The full report is now available for download. Inventory report for a climate-friendly Wadden Sea Region

Our new report "Developments in the Wadden Sea Region reflecting the role and achievements of the Wadden Sea Forum" is now available

WSF Developments report frontpage460The WSF has elaborated a report about developments in the Wadden Sea Region, including status reports about the work on demographic change and sustainability indicators. The approach for this report was to consider the objectives and statements of the political level, expressed in the Ministerial Declaration of the Trilateral Governmental Conference 2014 in Tønder, Denmark. Taking this approach into account, this report recalls those statements of the Tønder Declaration, relevant for socio-economic developments and stakeholder involvement in the Wadden Sea Region, assesses the main developments accordingly and presents recommendations of the WSF stakeholders for future actions.

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