Strengthening the landscape quality

UNESCO has defined unique core values for the trilateral Wadden Sea region that can be experienced nowhere else in the world. Preservation, development and reinforcement of these unique values is therefore vital to the Wadden Sea region. The promotion of these core values not only relates to new developments: we must also ask ourselves how we wish to deal with developments or objects from the past that will no longer be considered appropriate to the region in the long term (2050) given its status as a World Heritage site.

In order to boost the quality of the landscape in the near future, we should not be afraid to remove these undesired elements or make them sustainable. Examples of such elements that will no longer be appropriate to the Wadden landscape in 2050 include drilling platforms and disused (harbour) buildings.

Role of the PRW:

Results to be delivered:

  • In 2020, a shared and widely supported overview will have been formulated of developments/elements that will no longer be compatible with the core World Heritage values by 2050.
  • In 2022, recommendations (including an activity programme) will have been formulated regarding how the parties involved should work together.

Commissioning parties:

  • Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
  • Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
  • Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management
  • Provinces in the Wadden Sea region: North Holland, Friesland and Groningen.
  • Natural Wadden Coalition

Follow-up action by:

  • Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management