Sustainable Tourism in the Wadden Sea

Sustainable Tourism in the Wadden Sea World Heritage Destination - Practice examples

The World Heritage status opens new potential in the field of nature tourism. With the adoption of the strategy of sustainable tourims in the Danish-Dutch-German World Heritage site (see below), a joint framework has been established to enable stakeholders from various sectors to embrace World Heritage und support conservation of the Wadden Sea forn the benefit of future generations.

Within the INTERREG IVB North Sea project PROWAD (www.prowad.org), practice examples were collected to show how Wadden Sea entrepreneurs offer sustainable nature experience - from restaurants, accommodation, transportation, regional products and awarenss raising:

The Netherlands:  
The Seedykster Toer (Marrum) provides sustainable nature experience and helps to raise awareness for the protection of the Wadden Sea World Heritage.
   
Waddengoud cooperates with local entrepreneurs in the Wadden Sea region to  develop sustainable products and offers, and to market them.
   
he Dutch Waddenvereiniging works towards the protection of the Wadden Sea and cooperates with private partners to engage them in safeguarding the outstanding universal value of the Wadden Sea World Heritage.
   
Lower Saxony:  
The Frisian hotel and restaurant NAKUK in Horumersiel (Lower Saxony) is National Park partner and supports the protection of the Wadden Sea World Heritage.
   
The island of Langeoog (Lower Saxony) ist partner of the National Park in protection of the Wadden Sea World Heritage.
   
The "Urlauberbus Ostfriesland" (holiday bus) is an example of sustainable transport in the Wadden Sea World Heritage Destination Ostfriesland (Lower Saxony).
   
Hamburg:  
The  shipping company Cassen Eils in Cuxhaven (Lower Saxony) is partner of the National Park and provides environment-friendly transportation to the island of Neuwerk (Hamburg) in the Wadden Sea World Heritage.
   
Schleswig-Holstein:  
The Kurzentrum Godetied in Büsum (Schleswig-Holstein) is National Park Partner and contributes to the protection of the Wadden Sea World Heritage.
   
The Bio-Hotel Miramar in Tönning (Schleswig-Holstein) is National Park Partner, offers regional biological products and contributes to the protection of the Wadden Sea World Heritage.
   

The restaurant Roter Haubarg in Witzwort (Schleswig-Holstein) is National Park Partner, offers regional biological products, and contributes to the protection of the Wadden Sea World Heritage.

   
Denmark:  
   
The project "Powered by  Cycling: Panorama" from Esbjerg (Denmark) promotes a sustainable tourism to experience the Wadden Sea World Heritage in a nature-friendly way.

 

 

Strategy on "Sustainable Tourism in the Wadden Sea World Heritage Destination" adopted in February 2014

The strategy on "Sustainable Tourism in the Wadden Sea World Heritage Destination" was adopted at the Trilateral Ministerial Council at the 12th Trilateral Governmental Conference in Toender (Denmark) on 5 February 2014.

In additon,the strategy was signed at the Conference by all relevant stakeholders such as tourism organizations, local governments, nature conservation organizations and green NGOs. The strategy has been developed on the request of the World Heritage Committee in a participatory approach and is a milestone in the Wadden Sea Cooperation.

A solid transnational network of stakeholders has been established over the last two years that will be continued and provide the framework for the implementation of the joint strategy. The transnational tourism strategy, which was developed within the PROWAD project and co-financed by the INTERREG IVB North Sea Region Programme, will contribute to maintain the “Outstanding Universal Value" of the Wadden Sea World Heritage and, at the same time, will provide benefits for the people living in the region. A strong ‘Wadden Sea World Heritage Destination’ and World Heritage Brand will enable regional and local tourism brands to raise their profile nationally and internationally through a coherent communication and marketing strategy.

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To find out more about the PROWAD project please visit: www.prowad.org (in English)