Project  "CO2 neutral Wadden Sea Region"

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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.
In order to reach the aim of the project, elaborating recommendations and advice on measures for the development of climate-friendly Wadden Sea Region (WSR), regional characteristics and development options had to be analyzed first.
The project concretely followed the principles of Integrated Coastal Zone Management. It was aimed at a comprehensive perspective that includes the ecosystem approach and economic activities with impact on the Wadden Sea Region by elaborating measures, which contribute to the development of climate-friendly WSR, including the preservation of natural and cultural landscape.
CO2neutralWSR supportUBAlogoThe conservation of the natural dynamics of the Wadden Sea as well as the conservation of biodiversity behind the dikes were and still are important aspects in the objectives of climate change adaptation. Furthermore, the project provides a basis for detailed analyses and concepts at the transnational level.

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CO2 Reduction

co2 whv nebel 2Climate change and adaptation measures are global topical issues. The global warming is partly based on rising concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere caused by human activities. Major reductions in these emissions of greenhouse gases, particularly CO2, are needed to prevent global warming from reaching dangerous levels. The EU is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% from 1990 levels until 2020, and by 30% if a satisfactory international agreement is reached. Also the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation is aware of taking actions to reduce CO2 emissions. The environmental ministers of Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands agreed on the Sylt conference in March 2010 to develop the Wadden Sea Region into a CO2 neutral region until 2030 or earlier. The Wadden Sea Forum with its stakeholders is dealing with this issue and is currently discussing trends and developments till 2030, responsibilities of acting as well as management tools like avoidance strategies, CCS and emission trading.

The WSF is going to compile relevant information and documents to inform about policies, techniques and management developments. This will serve as a basis for the further work in the WSF plenary and the responsible working group. The compiled information makes no claims of being complete and focuses on the needs of the WSF.

 

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