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Wadden Sea Day 2019: World Heritage Interpretation


UNESCO Wadden Sea World Heritage Centre, Wilhelmshaven

Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Wadden Sea’s designation as a World Heritage site, on 29 August 2019 the Wadden Sea Day 2019 will focus on interpretation. With outreach and education at its core, interpretation is an essential factor for broad acceptance and support of the long-term conservation of the Wadden Sea. In order to protect the Wadden Sea’s Outstanding Universal Value it must be known, understood and respected. Outreach and education are obligations that directly result from the World Heritage Convention and inscription on the World Heritage List.

At this year’s Wadden Sea Day we will explore different approaches to communication with residents and visitors, how to implement new technology and educational approaches, how to activate the public for citizen science and communicate scientific research to the public.

Invited are policy-makers, educators, conservation managers, scientists and non-governmental organizations working in the field. Please be aware that the number of participants will be limited to 100 people.

To register please send us an e-mail with your full name and institution by 13 August 2019.



09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 10:00

Opening and welcome addresses

Olaf Lies, Minister of the Environment, Energy & Climate Protection, Lower Saxony

Andreas Wagner, First Mayor of the City of Wilhelmshaven

Brief statements by:
Karin Lochte, Chairperson of the Wadden Sea Board
N. N., Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (tbc)
Peter Südbeck, Head of the National Park Administration Wadden Sea Lower Saxony
Sascha Klöpper, Interim Executive Secretary of the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat

10:00 – 11:40

Session I – Education
Moderated by Sascha Klöpper, CWSS

> 10:10    Why World Heritage sites need interpretation
Carolin Kolhoff, German Commission for UNESCO
> 10:30    Wadden Sea World Heritage Education Strategy
Anja Szczesinski, International Wadden Sea School / WWF Germany
> 10:50    Visitor education now and then – Case studies of the Vadehavscentret and Multimar
Klaus Melbye, Vadehavscentret + Claus von Hoerschelmann, Multimar Wattforum
> 11:10    The future of visitor studies in the Wadden Sea area
Lars Wohlers, KON-TIKI Interpretive Planning, Training and Evaluation
> 11:30    Questions & Answers Session I

11:40 – 13:10 Lunch
13:10 – 14:50

Session II – Citizen and traditional science
Moderated by Peter Südbeck, NLPV

> 13:20    Beachexplorer App – Visitors become citizen scientists
Rainer Borcherding, Schutzstation Wattenmeer
> 13:40    Reaching out to the youngest - Junior Rangers
Stefanie Lenz, National Park Authority Wadden Sea Lower Saxony, + Silke Ahlborn, National Park Authority Wadden Sea Schleswig-Holstein
> 14:00    Example of interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the Wadden Sea
Klaus Melbye, Vadehavscentret
> 14:20    Questions & Answers Session II
> 14:30    Interactive: Example of interactive knowledge transfer exercises - Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative
Tim Dodman, WSFI

14:50 – 15:50 Coffee break
15:50 – 17:00

Session III
Moderated by Karin Lochte, Wadden Sea Board

> 16:00    Kids ask Adults - Wadden Sea Day edition
> 16:40    Plenary discussion
> 16:50    Closing remarks
Karin Lochte, Wadden Sea Board

17:00 – 18:30 Reception: 10 years Wadden Sea World Heritage

The Wadden Sea Day has been organised annually since 2006 with current topics by the National Park Administration Lower Saxon Wadden Sea and the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat. It is sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

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