Organisational Structure

Organisational structure of the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation. CWSS.


The Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation comprises of two levels of decision making: the Trilateral Governmental Council and the Wadden Sea Board (WSB). They are supported by the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat (CWSS) as the coordinating body and first contact point, advisors from NGOs, Task Groups as well as Expert Networking Groups. 


    Trilateral Governmental Council

    The Trilateral Wadden Sea Governmental Council is composed of the Danish, Dutch and German ministers responsible for Wadden Sea affairs meets every three to four years. At the Trilateral Governmental Conference (TGC) they discuss the general direction of the Cooperation in terms of policies, harmonisation and management and chart the overall course of the Cooperation for the period up to the next TGC. The results are documented in a declaration, the Cooperation’s main policy paper until the next meeting.

    Each TGC marks the end of a presidency term. At the 14th TGC in Wilhelmshaven (D), the German presidency ended. Denmark holds the presidency as of now.

    The Wadden Sea Conference is an exchange platform for all stakeholders of the Wadden Sea Region held directly prior to the Council meeting.

    Past Trilateral Governmental Conferences


    The Wadden Sea Board

    The Wadden Sea Board is the Cooperation’s governing body. It runs and oversees the work of the TWSC between sessions of the Trilateral Governmental Conferences, preparing, adopting and implementing the Wadden Sea Plan as well as policies and strategies.

    The Board is chaired by an impartial chairperson, nominated by the presiding country and appointed by the Council. The chair rotates between the countries along with the presidency. There are four members appointed per country and four advisors with expertise and experience relevant to the Cooperation. The Board is further supported by advisors representing the NGO sector (currently Danish Ornithological Society, It Fryske Gea and WWF) and the Wadden Sea Forum (WSF).

    Wadden Sea Board documents are available in Resources.

    The current members of the Board are listed here.


    Task Groups and other groups

    The Wadden Sea Board appoints Task Groups to prepare expert topics for the Board and to undertake specific tasks, plans or projects. The current Task Groups are

    • Task Group Coordination and Management (TG-CM)
    • Task Group World Heritage (TG-WH)

    In addition, the Cooperation has several Expert, Networking and (ad-hoc) Working Groups to carry out specific monitoring, scientific and educational tasks. These are

    • Climate (EG-C)
    • Data handling (EG-Data)
    • Education (IWSS+NGE)
    • Flyway (WSFI-SG)
    • Fish (EG-Swimway)
    • Marine mammals (EG-MM)
    • Migratory and breeding birds (EG-MB/BB)
    • Monitoring and assessment (EG-MA)
    • Partnership Hub (OPteamPH)
    • Renewable energy (ad-hoc WG-RE)
    • Salt marshes and dunes (EG-SMD)
    • Sustainable tourism (NG-ST)