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Binationale Agenda zur Umsetzung der Strategie für einen nachhaltigen Tourismus im Weltnaturerbe Wattenmeer

With the INTERREG V A-project “Wadden-Agenda”, a new implementation-oriented structure for cross-border Wadden Sea cooperation was created between 2015 and 2019. The focus was on sustainable tourism, with the preservation and protection of the World Heritage as the main focus. The project was divided into a total of four work packages, whose individual measures contributed to the development of sustainable tourism. In addition to raising awareness and enthusiasm for the Wadden Sea, this included knowledge and knowledge networking about the Wadden Sea, linking sustainable Wadden Sea experience forms as well as the corresponding communication of this sensitive and unique natural and living area. With various measures, the project consortium implemented the work packages in a cross-border coordinated manner. For example, numerous guided tours of the Wadden Sea and events for the World Heritage Birthday for guests and locals were carried out. Training courses for restaurateurs on the use of regional and seasonal products also promoted the networking of knowledge about the Wadden Sea. Cyclists and hikers also benefit from the measures. Cross-border maps and a hiking app were developed for the 423 km long, newly created Wadden Sea route. In order to draw the attention of future generations in particular to the need to protect the natural area, numerous campaigns focused on children and young people. These included, for example, a cross-border school exchange with project days, junior ranger camps and children’s books with stories about the mudflats.

The six project partners of the Wadden-Agenda included Marketing Groningen, the Province of Fryslân, Die Nordsee GmbH, the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park, the International Dollard Route e. V. and East Frisia Tourism GmbH as lead partner. The project area stretched from the Dutch coast of the provinces of Fryslân and Groningen via East Frisia to the Weser on the German side and also included the maritime inland. A total of around 2.6 million euros was available for implementation during the funding period. The cross-border Wadden Sea region will continue to benefit from the experience offers developed, but above all from the structures created and intensive cooperation between the project partners and other actors, even beyond the project period. The project is continued with the Wadden Sea Agenda 2.0, in which the project partners aim at the next quality level in cross-border, sustainable Wadden Sea cooperation with new, innovative work packages.

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Planned project costs

2.607.256,23 €

Project Duration

1.10.2015 - 30.9.2019


Socio-cultural and territorial cohesion in the programme area

Lead Partner

Ostfriesland Tourismus GmbH

Project partners

Provincie Fryslân, Die Nordsee GmbH, Nationalparkverwaltung Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer, Internationale Dollard Route e. V., Marketing Groningen,


Financer Amount
Marketing Groningen 86.980,91 €
Die Nordsee GmbH 139.499,27 €
Ostfriesland Tourismus GmbH 248.188,74 €
MB Niedersachsen 260.147,62 €
EFRE / EFRO 1.300.738,08 €
Nationalparkverwaltung Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer 61.921,65 €
Provincie Groningen 83.247,24 €
Partner provincie Fryslân 187.601,01 €
Provincie Fryslân 176.900,38 €
Internationale Dollard Route e. V. 62.031,33 €