WWF publishes study on long-term adaptation of the Wadden Sea to climate change
lighthouse. © Hans-Ulrich Rösner / WWF
The rising sea levels will cause enormous problems for the Wadden Sea National Park, also a World Heritage Site. Janne Fröhlich from WWF Germany said that huge mudflats would constantly flood, wash away islands and shores, increasing the risk of rising sea levels and storm surges. To prevent the Wadden Sea from overflowing, their levels must be higher.
According to the WWF, any action must be taken alongside the regional measures to bring about effective climate protection at the global level.
A newly published WWF study contains 13 case studies from the Netherlands, England, the US and other countries, showing the various options for adaptation to climate change, based on ‘Growing with the Sea’, the timely adaption of the Wadden Sea to rising sea levels.
According to the WWF, the special challenge for the Wadden Sea National Park is to use mainly natural forces such as wind and tides for the ‘Growing with the Sea’ programme and to help them as smoothly as possible.
"Measures for climate adaptation must fulfil two requirements in the Wadden Sea: You must serve to protect the people, but at the same time contribute to the preservation of the national park and World Heritage Site with its biodiversity and nature," said Fröhlich. If this association turns out to be a success, the biodiversity and naturalness of the unique landscape of the North Sea coast would also be preserved to 2100 and beyond.
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PDF Link to the study: www.wwf.de/../WWF-Studie-Klimaanpassung.pdf