Embracing Estuaries - International Workshop

Attendees of the workshop. Photo J. Arlt.

Our two-day workshop "Embracing Estuaries – Management of Natura 2000 sites in Estuaries and Sea Ports”, took place on 15 and 16 September 2016. It was a vital part of the Biogeographical Process of the Atlantic Region. The workshop’s main goal was to encourage dialogue between scientists, practitioners and policymakers, and to encourage their collaboration on the challenges of managing Natura 2000 sites and implementing management plans in estuaries and sea ports.

We would like to thank the participants for sharing their knowledge and ideas and thus making this event a worthwhile experience for all.

The results of the workshop are given below. For download, please click on the presentations’ titles.


State secretary Michael Pollmann: Greetings

Dr. Elisabeth Klocke (Elbe Habitat Foundation): Introductory speech


Setting the Scene

François Kremer (EU-Commission): The NATURA 2000 Biogeographical Process

Christina Müller (Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Germany): Distribution and conservation status of habitat type ‘Estuaries’

Beatrice Claus (WWF Germany): Integrated Management Plans: from “Paper Tigers” to the implementation of measures

Dr. Kirsten Wolfstein (Hamburg Port Authority): TIDE: Integrated management for estuaries. Lessons learnt from an international EU project


Session I - Natura 2000 Management Plans Integrated Approaches & Implementation

Christian Michalczyk (Hamburg Ministry of Environment and Energy): Integrated Management Plan for the Elbe Estuary

Stefaan Verzweyfeld (Natuurpunt): Embracing the Scheldt Estuary: Integrated Planning for port development, flooding control and nature restoration

Marjan Datema (Ministry of Economic Affairs, NL): The Integral Management Plan for the Ems Estuary

Nolwenn Briand & Maïwenn Barret-Marhic (Regional Direction for Environment, Land Planning and Housing Policies of Normandy): Management of the Natura 2000 sites in the Seine Estuary

Tania Davey (Humber Nature Partnership): Humber Management Scheme

Prof. Patrick Meire (University of Antwerp): Ecosystem services of estuarine and coastal areas: the basis for restoration and an integrated approach?


Working-Groups (Session I) 


Summarised Working Group Results

Detailed Working Group Results



Field Trips

Heuckenlock with Dr. Heike Markus-Michalczyk

Kreetsand with Manfred Meine (Hamburg Port Authority (HPA)). Here you find the link to the Kreetsand-movie.


Session II - Habitat Restoration

Dr. Bastian Schuchardt (BioConsult): Estuarine Habitat Restoration in Germany: Experiences and Perspectives

Roger Morris (Bright Angel Coastal Consultants Ltd.):  Inter-tidal habitat creation - experience in England

Yves Plancke (Flemish Government, Department Mobility and Public Works): A new disposal strategy in the Schelde-estuary, conciliating port accessibility and nature


Working-Groups (Session II) 


Summarised Working Group Results

Detailed Working Group Results


Session III – Legal Issues

Prof. Mike Elliott (University of Hull, Institute of Estuarine & Coastal Studies): How to satisfy industry and nature - the ability to create an integrated Estuarine Planning Support System

Emma Hawthorne (Natural England): The South Humber Gateway

Hendrik Schoukens (University of Ghent): Temporary nature as innovative approach to nature conservation: legal underpinnings and potential constraints


Working-Groups (Session III) 


Summarised Working Group Results

Detailed Working Group Results



Session IV – Communication

Tina Stroobandt (Jusbox, on behalf of Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV): Polders of Kruibeke. Participation and Communication

Dr. David Parker (Eurosite & Dee Estuary Conservation Group): The importance of communication to the sustainable management of the Dee Estuary (Natura 2000 and Ramsar) UK

Alexander Porschke (NABU, Hamburg): The long way from confrontation to cooperation


Working-Groups (Session IV) 


Summarised Working Group Results

Detailed Working Group Results

More Information: 

Conference proceedings

Sponsers and Supporters:

The workshop is a Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process Networking Event organised in cooperation with the European Commission and the Hamburg Ministry of Environment and Energy. It is supported by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. ECNC and Eurosite are supporting the organisation of the workshop as a part of the contractor’s team for the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. The workshop is promoted by Paralia, a project of IMIEU.

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear SafetyEU-CommissionGerman Federal Agency for Nature ConservationHamburg Ministry of Environment and Energy


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