Integrated research agenda

'Knowledge for a sustainable future of the Wadden', the integrated research agenda of the Wadden Academy', identifies major gaps in the existing knowledge of the Wadden Sea Region and provides a framework for future research.

On 30 May 2009, the integrated research agenda was presented to three members of the Dutch government: Minister Jacqueline Cramer (Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment), Minister Gerda Verburg (Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality) and State Secretary Tineke Huizinga (Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management) at the 'Waddentoogdag' in Delfzijl, the Netherlands.

In 2010 the first steps were taken to compile a trilateral research agenda. The brochure 'Towards a trilateral research agenda for the Wadden Area' was presented during the 11th trilateral ministerial conference on 17-19 March 2010 by Secretary Klaas Deen to State Secretary Ursula Heinen-Esser of the Federal Ministry of Environment (Germany), Karen Ellemann , Minister for the Environment, (Denmark) and Gerda Verburg, then Minister for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (the Netherlands).

In 2015, the Wadden Sea Board commissioned the Wadden Academy to develop a trilateral research agenda in close collaboration with the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat. The Trilateral research agenda, was discussed during the '14th International Scientific Wadden Sea Symposium' in May 2017 in the Danish Toender, and presented to to the Wadden Ministers of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands at the Thirteenth Trilateral Governmental Conference on the Protection of the Wadden Sea.