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Speaker Dr. Jens Enemark
Affiliation Common Wadden Sea Secretariat
Title Wadden Sea World Heritage and the role of science
Contact info. 김종성 교수(880-6750)
Material Abstract SEES Seminar 16-10-19.docx [48780 byte] 자료 다운로드
Time 2016-10-19 13:00~14:00
Venue Bldg 25-1, Int'l Conference Room

The Wadden Sea is the world´s largest coherent tidal barrier island system with little riverine influence shared by the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. The governments of the three countries have cooperated to protect and manage the Wadden Sea as one ecological entity for almost 40 years and has established a joint secretariat, the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat, to coordinate and facilitate the cooperation.


The Dutch-German part of the Wadden Sea was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2009 for its Outstanding Universal Value. In 2014 the property was extended to include the Danish part so that the entire Wadden Sea is now inscribed on the World Heritage List. Inscription of the World Heritage List is the highest recognition a cultural or natural monument can attain on this planet. There are many obligations related to being inscribed on the World Heritage List but it also opens up for many opportunities for the people who live in or nearby such an area and for authorities and organisations to promote local and regional development.


The inscription of a natural area on the World Heritage is also extremely important for science. It requires the member states to continue to expand the knowledge base on the Outstanding Universal Value of property both for managing the area but also to deliver information to international science cooperation. The presentation will outline the obligations together with the opportunities and perspectives of being a World Heritage property with emphasis on science and research based on the experiences gained in the context of the Wadden Sea World Heritage. The presentation will further explore the perspectives for having (parts of) the Korean tidal flats inscribed on the World Heritage List in terms of research and science.


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