The 19th meeting of the Wadden Sea Board (WSB 19) took place at the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat (CWSS) in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, on 24 March 2017.
On 15 March 2017 the Minister of Environmental Affairs of Lower Saxony, Stefan Wenzel, and the Mayor of the City of Wilhelmshaven, Andreas Wagner, signed a cooperation agreement on the new Trilateral Wadden Sea World Heritage Partnership Center to be built in Wilhelmshaven.
When the ITB in Berlin opens its doors to the public on 11-12 March 2017, visitors can experience the Wadden Sea through a broad range of activities.
Nature conservation and World Heritage experts from Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Sierra Leone discuss the opportunities and challenges of working across borders.
Sustainable tourism – main theme of the Wadden Sea World Heritage booth at Berlin’s ITB – will form the focus of various talks and workshops.
For the third time, the Wadden Sea World Heritage is organizing a stand on sustainable tourism at the world’s largest tourism fair ITB.
On 5-7 February 2017, CWSS met with the site managers of the High Coast/ Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage in Vaasa, Finland. During the visit the delegation explored common ground for future cooperation in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme.
At the end of January 2017, the municipalities of Varde, Esbjerg, Fanø and Tønder welcomed Co Verdaas, Chairman of the Wadden Sea Board, Rüdiger Strempel, CWSS Executive Secretary and CWSS Communications Officer Annika Bostelmann to the Danish Wadden Sea.
On 12 and 13 December 2016 a conference on “Perspectives of transboundary cooperation in World Heritage” took place at the Representation of the State of Hesse in Berlin.
The population of harbour seals in the Wadden Sea area remained largely stable in 2016. Experts assume that a slight decrease in numbers may be a signal that the overall population in the area has reached its carrying capacity.