Ditching Dikes?

Rethinking our coastal defenses

The Young Wadden Academy (as part of the Waddenacademie) organizes a conference on the theme “Ditching Dikes”. The dikes along the Wadden Sea coast are the most prominent icons of our coastal defense system and strict legislation considering their management is prescribed by the government. At the same time, sea level rise forces us to rethink their form. Various initiatives, both in the Wadden Sea area and other parts of the Netherlands, are currently being carried out to explore alternative designs to ensure our safety.

The Young Wadden Academy organizes a conference to exchange ideas, perceptions, and visions on our attitude towards the sea and the dikes that separate us from it. The purpose of the provocative title ‘Ditching Dikes’ is to stimulate free thinking regarding consequences and possibilities of a Wadden area without dikes.  What are the implications for morphological, ecological and economic development? Could a landscape without dikes offer potential for agriculture, leisure and tourism? How would we manage and govern such landscapes? The multidisciplinary conference hosts state-of-the-art projects and research and addresses radical ideas from multiple perspectives.

Morning program, plenary sessions:

  • Bas Haring (philosopher, writer, tv-personality) will kick-off the program by providing thought provoking views on the topic.
  • Nynke Rixt Jukema (architect) will provide insight into cultural aspects in the coastal area
  • Karsten Reise (ecologist) explores the third dimension: Facing the Third Dimension in a Coastal Flatland
  • Stefan Hartman (urban planner) will explore tourism of the future: Tourism in the Wadden landscape of the future 

 Afternoon program, workshops: 

  • Waterschappen
  • Waddenvereniging
  • IVN
  • Vogelbescherming
  • ….more to be announced soon via social media and our website!

Interested in participating or contributing? Register free of charge with the form below. Please contact events(at)ywa.nl for any questions.
The conference will be followed by an excursion on the 23rd of June.