LancewadPlan, running from 2005 until 2007 and financially supported by
the Interreg IIIB North Sea program, focuses on the management and
planning issues of our unique cultural landscape and heritage.
The project has its background in the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation,
that is to say 25 years of cooperation between Denmark, Germany and The
Netherlands for the protection of the Wadden Sea. Within this cooperation,
a workshop on the landscape and cultural heritage of the Wadden Sea Region
was held in September 1997 in Ribe, Denmark, with the participation of
experts, policy-makers and planners of the three countries. The aim of the
workshop was to consider the heritage in its entirety and to develop
recommendations for the 1997 Wadden Sea Conference.
Conference, the Trilateral Wadden Sea Plan (WSP), which is the framework
for the overall Wadden Sea management, was adopted. It is a statement on
how the three countries envisage the future coordinated and integrated
management of the Wadden Sea Area.
The policy and management of the WSP with regard to landscape and culture
entails some relevant agreements which are important for the project aims
and management strategies:
The cultural-historic and
landscape elements of the Wadden Sea Area will be protected and
conserved through appropriate planning and management.
The awareness of the
area’s cultural-historic and landscape values will be enhanced, where
possible and appropriate, on a joint basis.
These agreements have led
to a first project (Lancewad) of making an inventory of the cultural
landscape and heritage values. Based on and in continuation of the
Lancewad project, LancewadPlan aims at extending and enhancing the
development, management and sustainable use of the common trans-boundary
landscape and cultural heritage of the Wadden Sea Region. in cooperation
with the relevant governmental and non-governmental stakeholders,
complementing the natural and environmental facet of the region thereby
taking into account the regional diversity.
exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of cultural management
issues, new links have been made. The Wash Estuary Strategy Group from the
UK, which has elaborated an estuary management plan for sustainable use
and integration of cultural landscapes and heritage, is a most valuable
and competent partner in the LancewadPlan project.
very beginning of the project implementation, after the establishment of
the national working groups and the cooperation structure, the project has
wanted to involve external experts, stakeholders and the public. For this
reason, a workshop was organized.
The aim of the workshop was to engage the participants in an open dialogue
about visions, management procedures and strategies for the preservation
and development of the cultural landscape and heritage of the Wadden Sea