Tuesday, 10 November 2009

1314 NL/DE - The Wadden Sea (2009)

Brief Description

"The Wadden Sea comprises the Dutch Wadden Sea Conservation Area and the German Wadden Sea National Parks of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. It is a large temperate, relatively flat coastal wetland environment, formed by the intricate interactions between physical and biological factors that have given rise to a multitude of transitional habitats with tidal channels, sandy shoals, sea-grass meadows, mussel beds, sandbars, mudflats, salt marshes, estuaries, beaches and dunes. The inscribed site represents over 66% of the whole Wadden Sea and is home to numerous plant and animal species, including marine mammals such as the harbour seal, grey seal and harbour porpoise. It is also a breeding and wintering area for up to 12 millions birds per annum and it supports more than 10 percent of 29 species. The site is one of the last remaining natural, large-scale, intertidal ecosystems where natural processes continue to function largely undisturbed."

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1314

Courtesy of skygulik from postcrossing
Key Planning Decision (PKB) Wadden Sea Part I, II & III in the Netherlands

View from Ameland, Netherlands

Wadden Sea, Germany
Courtesy of SabineG from postcrossing forum
Wadden Sea Schleswig-Holstein in Germany

Courtesy of froggy12 from postcrossing forum
Niedersachsen in Germany

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