The Trilateral Wadden Sea Plan constitutes the common transboundary policy and management plan for the Wadden, Sea Area. It is an agreement of how the countries envisage the coordination and integration of management of the, Wadden Sea Area and of the projects and actions that must be carried out to achieve the commonly agreed targets. A joint vision was formulated that guides the implementation of the Wadden Sea Plan,
Questions this practice may help answer
- What are the objectives of the Wadden Sea Management Plan and how does it set out to achieve these objectives?
- How does the Wadden Sea Management Plan consider EU regulatory requirements and the principles of ICZM?
- What are the ‘success’ and ‘fail’ factors of the Wadden Sea Management Plan?
The Trilateral Wadden Sea Plan constitutes the common trans-boundary policy and management plan for the Wadden Sea Area. It is an agreement of how the countries envisage the coordination and integration of management of the Wadden Sea Area and of the projects and actions that must be carried out to achieve the commonly agreed targets. It is very important, that the Wadden Sea Plan expresses a shared vision of the aspired ecological state of the Wadden Sea as a unique tidal transitional water body and its ecosystems. A very clear-cut vision is the biggest positive experience of the Management Plan for Wadden Sea that can be exchanged internationally.
The vision of the Wadden Sea Plan is:
- A healthy environment which maintains the diversity of habitats and species, its ecological integrity and resilience as a global responsibility;
- Sustainable use;
- Maintenance and enhancement of values of ecological, economic, historical-cultural, social and coastal protection character, providing aspirations and enjoyment for the inhabitants and users;
- Integrated management of human activities which takes into account the socio-economic and ecological relationship between the Wadden Sea Area and the adjacent areas;
- An informed, involved and committed community.
ARTWEI project is part of the South Baltic Programme 2007 – 2013. The lead partner is the Klaipėda University and the partnership comprises other five partners from Lithuania, Germany, Poland and Sweden.
Project duration: March 2010 – June 2013.
Costs / Funding Source
1.4 million Euro
Part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund)
Aspects / Objectives
- Review the management plan for the Wadden Sea.
- Identify relevant experience that can be shared with other regions.
This report presents a brief review of the Wadden Sea Management Plan, setting out its’ characteristics, vision and context. It looks in particular at the implementation of the principles of ICZM. It highlights some elements regarding the effectiveness of the Plan.
A review was undertaken based on literature review of the Wadden Sea plan and associated policy and legislative instruments.
Main Outputs / Results
The Wadden Sea, stretching over 500 km along the North Sea coast of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, is the largest trans-boundary transitional water body in Europe. The analysis is of relevance to other areas of transitional waters, particularly those across multiple jurisdictions and subject to the same requirements of EU policy and legislation. The principles of defining a shared vision is applicable worldwide, and relevant to MSP.
ARTWEI Project Supervisor
Vice Director, Senior researcher
Coastal Research and Planning Institute
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