Symposium Towards a sustainable Ems-Dollard estuary
14th Symposium Waddenacademie June 25 and 26 2015
The Waddenacademie is organising this symposium in co-operation with Groningen Sea Ports, Programma naar een Rijke Waddenzee, Provincie Groningen and Rijkswaterstaat.
Beyond the uninhabited Wadden Island Rottumeroog, on the border between the Netherlands and Germany, lies the 460 km² Ems-Dollard estuary. The Dollard is actually a large embayment where the rivers Ems and Westerwoldse Aa flow into the Wadden Sea. It's these rivers which make the Dollard so unique. They supply fresh water which gradually mixes with the salty Wadden Sea, forming a brackish water region. There are few areas nowadays where fresh and salt water gradually join. This is also one of the exceptional features of this wetland. The Dollard is the last large-scale brackish water tidal landscape of Europe and is one of the most important nurseries of the North Sea.
In the Ems-Dollard economic and industrial developments interact with nature and landscape, which may lead to conflicts between economic and ecological goals. This symposium will discuss the past, present and future of these aspects for understanding the historical track towards the current-day state of the Ems-Dollard as a starting point for future planning, management and monitoring in order to foster a balanced economic - ecological development resulting in economic activities that do not harm the unique nature values of the UNESCO Worldheritage Wadden region.
June 25: Hotel De Boegschroef, Delfzijl, max. 150 participants.
June 26: Excursion by sailing vessel Willem Jacob on the Ems-Dollard Estuary, departure from Ditzum (whole day), max. 67 participants.