The 13th International Scientific Wadden Sea Symposium entitled ‘An integrated approach to emerging challenges in a World Heritage site’ was held 21-23 November 2012 in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. It brought together over 200 scientists, policymakers, managers and other stakeholders from the entire Wadden Sea region, Korea and Australia. The scientific Wadden Sea symposia are hosted every three years by one of the countries of the trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation. They provide important scientific input to the Wadden Sea Ministerial Conferences, the next of which will take place in Denmark in February 2014. The three-day Symposium focused on the role of science in the management of the Wadden Sea world heritage site. This was the first symposium held after the Dutch and German parts of the Wadden Sea were inscribed on the World Heritage list.
A report of the three symposium days is available. You can also view a photo impression, an overview of all presentations (pdf and video) and the presented posters. All participants received a bag with materials including three special issues and a booklet on the Wadden Sea Region, all published in autumn 2012.
The Symposium was organized by the Wadden Academy in cooperation with:
- the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat (CWSS);
- the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation;
- the Delta Program Wadden Area;
- Knowledge for Climate;
- Netherlands National Commision for UNESCO;
- Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA).