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.
Questions this practice may help answer
- How can bottom-up cross-border management be organised in areas like the unique Wadden Sea World Nature Heritage site?
- How to develop cost efficient tools, which can be used by researchers and managers in the area to identify trends and develop actions?
The Wadden Sea Region is a unique area: It is not only a UNESCO World Nature Heritage with a tremendous variety of plants and animals but also a world class cultural landscape created by the interaction of nature and humanity. This trilateral region, shared by Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands, is also subject to an increase of human activities, particularly growing harbour and shipping businesses as well as energy production along the coast and offshore. Climate change and the need for mitigation and adaptation measures act as an additional force for changes in regional development. In this situation a sound information system is needed to help to minimise impacts and manage the measures with a common cross-border approach. To serve stakeholders and administrative bodies with transboundary data on economic uses, spatial planning and conservation regimes, the Wadden Sea Forum (WSF) provides an innovative tool: The Wadden Sea Region Planning Portal.
Aspects / Objectives
The Planning Portal aims to provide a monitoring basis for social, economic and natural changes and can be seen as an “early warning” barometer which can be used to identify more specific research and / or management needs.
- As of 2013 the contents of the Planning Portal encompass a wide range of ongoing uses like mineral extraction, shipping, fisheries, energy production (fossils and renewables), energy storage and others more. Geographical background layers, including satellite images, nautical charts and information on the different protection regimes like Ramsar, PSSA, NATURA 2000 and the Trilateral Conservation Area complete the picture.
- Quite a number of new layers have been included last years to make the Planning Portal more comprehensive. Data of further sectors like tourism will be part of the amendments. But it is also envisaged to provide information about the cultural history of the Wadden Sea Region, namely archaeological data, organ culture and habitation development. A challenge will be the integration of socio-economic data of the WSF sustainability indicators. This was very much wished by the regional and local governments to get a complete picture of the societal development.
- Currently the planning portal focuses on keeping the information up-to-date and accurate. Continuously new information is entered into the portal when available.
Main Outputs / Results
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. The portal can be found here.
The portal can be applied in other cross-border coastal areas. However, the content of the portal depends largely on the data and indicators available from sources.
Costs / Funding Source
The Wadden Sea Region Planning Portal has been developed in two phases with an overall budget of 100.000€ (financed by WSF and RWE-Dea).
The Wadden Sea Forum e.V. (WSF) in co-operation with EUCC – Die Küsten Union Deutschland e.V (EUCC-D) maintains this Planning Portal.
Herr Holger Janssen
EUCC – Die Küsten Union Deutschland e.V.
c/o Leibniz-Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde