Final Conference




19 June 2007

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Based on the inventory and data base of the former Lancewad project, the present project LancewadPlan co-financed by Interreg IIIB North Sea program, has developed a common strategy for the sustainable development and preservation of the cultural landscapes and heritage of the Wadden Sea region.



Of equal importance was enhancing the awareness of the values of heritage amongst inhabitants and governments, stakeholders, as well as local and regional groups.

The project has delivered five main outputs, on which a future collaboration can build on:

  • An integrated strategy, including relevant sector strategies,  for the management of the heritage

  • Regional management plans, elaborated as examples in pilot areas in the different regions

  • An assessment of the common, transnational values of the cultural historic heritage

  • A description and first characterization of more than 50 cultural entities, including statements to potentials and vulnerabilities with regard to the cultural landscape and heritage in those entities

  • Best practise examples, compiled in a handbook, in planning and management of cultural landscapes and heritage

Aim of the conference

On the basis of a presentation of results of the LancewadPlan project, the aims of the conference are to discuss:


1. The landscape and cultural heritage of the Wadden Sea Region in a trans-boundary context: What are the specific values also within a historic framework and what are the potentials and challenges in terms of conserving and managing this heritage for future generations?

2. Linking knowledge and expertise with planning and management: How can we best ensure that the knowledge we have about the heritage is taking into account in government policies, what can we learn from different approaches and how can this be furthered also in a trans-boundary context.


3. Linking knowledge and awareness: How can we enhance the awareness of the outstanding heritage and what is the role of the dense network of institutes, museums and associations that is available in the area

4. What is the role of who use the landscape (in the widest sense), in particular how can we accommodate the interests of agriculture and management of the heritage.

On the basis of the presentations and discussions, recommendations will be developed aiming at continuing and enhancing the interest in the conservation and wise management of the landscape and cultural heritage of the Wadden Sea Region.



Keynotes/ themes (preliminary)

  • Cultural landscapes in history (historic landscape characterization) and present times (Ludwig Fischer,D)

  • The common heritage in the Wadden Sea region characteristics, potentials,
    awareness (Nigel Brown & Co, ECCHEB, UK)

  • Landscape characterization and planning (Vibeke Nellemann, DK)

  • Agriculture and nature conservation in cultural landscape management (Willem
    Foorthuis, NL)


Dr. Hauke Jöns, Head of cultural science department, Lower Saxony Institute for
Historical Coastal Research




10:00 - 10:15

Welcome and opening 13:30 -14:45

Landscape characterization and planning

10:15 - 10:45

Cultural landscapes in history 14:45 – 15:00 Coffee

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee break 15:00 – 16:30 Agriculture and nature conservation

11:00 - 12:30

The common heritage 16:30 – 17:00 Finalization

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch break 19:00 Dinner



Contact and further information
Manfred Vollmer
Common Wadden Sea Secretariat
phone: +49(0)4421-9108-18