Wadden See

“The Wadden Sea National Parks in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands are located along the German Bight of the North Sea. In Germany and Denmark they also mark the area of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Wadden Sea. Divided from each other by administrative borders, they form a single ecological entity. The purpose of the national parks is the protection of the Wadden Sea ecoregion” (Wikipedia)

LINKING TOURISM & CONSERVATION
 LC&T had a conference at Langeness and Hoogin Waddensee. Linking Tourism and Conservation (LT&C) is a  shared network designed to develop tools and incentives for replication of best practices and examples of sustainable tourism that supports the establishment and management of national parks and other types of protected areas. LT&C works with individuals, businesses, and governments to strengthen the benefits of both sustainable tourism and area protection and management.

Here are some pictures from the event. Wadden See is well worth a visit.

Seals atLangeness

Seals at Langeness

Sheep and cows Langess

Sheep and cows at Langeness

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A “warft” and the shallow sea

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The low lying Langeness with its “warfts”

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Thousands of “Ringelganze” – migratory geese – meet in the Wadden See on their way northward

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some houses clustered at Hoog

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The land is flat and inunadated by the sea at irregular intervals

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The church and a pole indicating how high the water now and then stands above ground

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The Hoog churchyard with Langeness in the background

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The sheep and geese share the grazing grounds

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The local bus at Hoog

Geese at Hoog

Geese at Hoog

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The number of birds is amazing

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The grass is halofil – or resistant to saltwater

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The number of geese reduces the grazing opportunities for sheep and cows. The farmers are compensated for their loss.

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LC&T members in early morning stroll to reach ferry

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Wadden See ferry – in a constant struggle to avoid shallow waters

Photos by Sven Åke Bjørke. You may copy them as long as you give a link to this page and give credit to the photographer

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