Unique in its kind

A sea which changes completely a couple times per day, at one moment kilometers of extensive tidal flats full with life and at another moment a mass of water with reckless waves. The Wadden Sea is one and all wilderness. As plant or animal, you must be well armed to survive here. Life can be challenging, you must conquer your niche and above all, you must adapt. The Wadden Sea is one of the largest wetlands in the world. It consists of islands, channels, gullies and flats, which are continually changing shape and sometimes even location. The Wadden Sea is unique. It is the only tidal and coastal island system in the world with a temperate climate that is so large and contains such an enormous variety of plants and animals.

Wadden Sea World Heritage Facts

Inf June 2009, the Dutch and German Wadden Sea was inscribed on the World Heritage List. In June 2014, the site was extended with the  Danish Wadden Sea. This World Heritage Site is about kilometers long and has a surface area of almost 11,500 km². The entire Wadden Sea covers 14,900 km² which contains 400 km² salt marshes, 4,700 km² emerged tidal flats, 3,700 km² permanently flooded flats and channels and 1000 km² islands and sandbanks. Another 5,100 km² of the North Sea coastal zone also belongs to the Area. The islands and sandbanks together form a kind of barrier between the North Sea and the Wadden Sea.

The German World Heritage Site covers the National Park Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer, the National Park Hamburgisches Wattenmeer and the National Park Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer. Part of these regions lie in the North Sea coastal zone. The Ems-Dollard region makes up the border between the Netherlands and Germany. Parts of this river delta also belong to the Wadden Sea World Heritage.

The Dutch part of the Wadden Sea World Heritage belongs to the provinces of North-Holland, Friesland and Groningen. It encompasses the protected areas of the Dutch Wadden Sea, which have been designated in the Key Planning Decision Wadden Sea, 3rd Policy Document Wadden Sea.

The Danish part covers the Nature and Wildlife Reserve which lies within the Danish Wadden Sea National Park.

Click here for the map: