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 International Scientific Wadden Sea Symposium 

Dear Friends of the Wadden Sea,

After thorough consideration of various options and in view of the current corona pandemic developments we decided to hold the 15th International Scientific Wadden Sea Symposium (ISWSS) in virtual form from the 30. November to 02. December 2021.

We are very sad not to be able to welcome you personally in Büsum, but the cancellation of the symposium as a face-to-face event is the most appropriate and responsible decision. All the necessary information regarding the online platform will be send to all the participants and also uploaded to this website under “Location” in due time.

The ISWSS traditionally provides a forum for scientists who are active in and around the Wadden Sea to contribute their research results and to involve themselves in the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation (TWSC). The purpose of the symposium is to report on the state of the Wadden Sea from a scientific point of view and to give prospects for the future. The outcomes of the ISWSS will be transferred to the Trilateral Governmental Conference, which will be held in 2022, as an important input for the discussion on the future work of the TWSC, including the Ministerial Declaration.

One of the current key challenges of the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation is to identify how the effects of climate change, including sea level rise, will affect the Wadden Sea. How will it affect its dynamics and biodiversity as well as the neighbouring Wadden Sea region, while considering which steps should be taken to safeguard the World Heritage. 

At the same time, the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (UN Decade of the Ocean), which will be running from 2021 to 2030, represents a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for nations to work together to generate the global ocean science needed to support the sustainable development of our shared ocean. Across the science-policy interface, the ISWSS will deliver the input to better define, what we desire of future oceans.  With the well-established reputation and status of protection of the Wadden Sea World Heritage, how can we contribute to strengthening the management and protection of our oceans and coastal regions for the benefit of humanity?

 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 

There will be thematic sessions, which are grouped into six broad themes with various topics. In a call for abstracts there was the opportunity to actively participate in the ISWSS programme. We are pleased about the interest of numerous scientists and the many stimulating abstracts, which have already been submitted for the symposium – thank you for that!

 Topical Collection 

A publication of the contribution at the ISWSS and also of work beyond the symposium will be possible in a peer-reviewed paper under the topical collection „Biodiversity and Ecology of the Wadden Sea under changing environments“ in the journal A publication of the contribution at the ISWSS and also of work beyond the symposium will be possible in a peer-reviewed paper under the topical collection „Biodiversity and Ecology of the Wadden Sea under changing environments“ in the journal “Marine Biodiversity ”. MARB publication style is Continuous Article Publishing, meaning that all papers are published online when they are ready and immediately assigned to an issue (no waiting for the slowest paper as it the case for special issues). ISWSS papers will be mirrored as topical collection on the webpage.

As all papers must be within scope of Marine Biodiversity, all topics need to relate to marine biodiversity research, which most probably will include the contributions by the authors for the themes Birds, Marine Mammals, Alien Species, Sublittoral Habitats, Sustainable development – Eco and Fish. These are the types of papers , which can be considered for publication. Please submit your paper at https://www.editorialmanager.com/marb/default.aspx  before 31. May 2022. MARB publication style is Continuous Article Publishing, meaning that all papers are published online when they are ready and immediately assigned to an issue (no waiting for the slowest paper as it the case for special issues). ISWSS papers will be mirrored as topical collection on the webpage.

 Breakout Session 

There will be one breakout session with six groups working in parallel. Every breakout group will mainly deal with one of the issues of the thematic sessions and will be accompanied by a moderator and a rapporteur. The summary of the questions and discussions from the thematic sessions will be available to all six breakout groups. 

The objective of this session is to bring together scientists from different disciplines, managers and politicians to discuss and come up with recommendations to improve research, monitoring and assessment (TMAP) as well as management for the preservation of the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV). It is desirable that these recommendations also link to how the Wadden Sea community will contribute to achieve some of the expected outcomes of the UN Decade of the Ocean. A maximun of five priority recommendations resulting from each breakout group will then be presented and discussed in the final plenary session, wrapped up in a final document and handed over to the Wadden Sea Board to be considered in the preparation of the Ministerial Declaration in 2022.

Looking forward to seeing you online in November 2021!

 Preliminary programme (18. November 2021 SUMMARISED OVERVIEW) 

Preparations to shift the ISWSS to a fully virtual event in a short time are in full swing. We are adapting the original programme with all the exciting talks, poster presentations and breakout sessions. Possibilities to network and to enjoy social events in the online platform are also being planned.

Tuesday, 30.11.2021 (8:30 - 13:30)

08:15

Opening of the conference platform

08:15 - 18:00

Wadden Sea World Heritage video – cinema (on the rooftop)

08:45 - 09:00

Technical introduction to Meetingland

Juliane Reich, inspektour GmbH - Auditorium 3


WELCOME & SETTING THE SCENE
 
Moderator: Johannes Oelerich, Ministry for Energy, Agriculture,

the Environment, Nature and Digitalisation (MELUND) 

- Auditorium 3 -

09:00 - 09:10

Opening and welcome

Johannes Oelerich & Minister Jan Philipp Albrecht, Ministry for Energy, Agriculture,

the Environment, Nature and Digitalisation (MELUND) 

09:10 - 09:20

Setting the scene

Josef Tumbrinck, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

09:20 - 09:30

Climate change: impact, adaptation and trilateral cooperation. How to adapt?

Robert Zijlstra, Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management & Chair of EG-C

09:30 - 09:40

"Trilateral Research Priorities" - a new approach focussing trilateral research activities on the Guiding Principle and securing the necessary funding

Bernd Scherer, Chair of TPC

09:40 - 9:50

Coffee Break


PARALLEL THEMATIC SESSIONS

09:50 - 12:00

 

BIRDS

 

Moderator: Stefan Garthe, FTZ, Kiel University

Rapporteur: John Frikke, Nationalpark Vadehavet

 

- Auditorium 3 -

 

MARINE MAMMALS

 

Moderator: Anita Gilles, Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW)

Rapporteur: Kristine Meise, Common Wadden Sea Secretariat (CWSS)


- Auditorium 2 –


 

ALIEN SPECIES

 

Moderator: Christian Buschbaum, Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI), Wadden Sea Station Sylt

Rapporteur: Winny Adolph, National Park Authority Wadden Sea Lower-Saxony

 

- Auditorium 1 -

09:50 - 10:10

The Wadden Sea could help migratory bird populations confronted with climate change, but will it actually?


Eldar Rakhimberdiev

Department of Theoretical and Computational Ecology, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam & Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Lomonosov Moscow State University


Anthropogenic pressures on marine mammals of the Wadden Sea 


Jonas Teilmann

Aarhus University

Effects of introduced marine species on biodiversity and ecosystem functions in the Wadden Sea 


Karsten Reise

Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI), Wadden Sea Station Sylt

10:10 - 10:30

The state of birds in the Wadden Sea in a changing environment 


Gregor Scheiffarth & Kees Koffijberg

NPA Wadden Sea Lower-Saxony & Sovon Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology


Trilateral health monitoring of seals and porpoises – What have we learned? 

 

Stephanie Gross 

Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW)

QSR 2020-21 Thematic Report on “Alien Species”


Heike Büttger

BioConsult SH GmbH & Co.

10:30 - 10:50

Towards a healthy Wadden Sea to mitigate effects of Arctic warming on migratory birds 


Jutta Leyrer

Michael Otto Institute, NABU

Harbour porpoise in the Wadden Sea - where do they come from and where do they go? Using current knowledge for successful trilateral monitoring in the World Heritage Site 


Meike Scheidat 

Wageningen Marine Research, University of Wageningen


Integration in the Wadden Sea ecosystem - 

How introduced alien species can affect species interactions in a native ecosystem


Annika Cornelius

Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI), Wadden Sea Station Sylt

10:50 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:20

Climate driven sediment changes affect abundance of migratory waders

 

Karsten Laursen

Aarhus University

At-sea habitat use of juvenile grey seals in a growing population in the Wadden Sea

 

Abbo van Neer

Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW)


The use of molecular tools for monitoring non-indigenous species in coastal waters

 

Carolin Uhlir

German Center for Marine Biodiversity Research (DZMB), Senckenberg Research Institute

11:20 - 11:40

Variation in food availability and its consequences for three tern populations

 

Veit Hennig & Sandra Bouwhuis

University of Hamburg & Institute of Avian Research Wilhelmshaven


Effect ranges of underwater noise from anchor vibration operations in the Wadden Sea

 

Johannes Baltzer

Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW), University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation

 

Collateral diseases: effects of biological invasions on parasites and pathogens in the Wadden Sea


David Thieltges

NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research & Utrecht University

11:40 - 12:00

Eurasian Curlew migration along the East Atlantic Flyway: spatial and temporal patterns, and their vulnerability towards offshore wind farms

 

Philipp Schwemmer

FTZ, Kiel University


Disappearing harbour seals - How do we explain a changing trend in the Wadden Sea harbour seal population


Sophie Brasseur

Wageningen Marine Research, University of Wageningen


20 years of monitoring: the role of alien species on intertidal mussel beds in the North Frisian Wadden Sea


Jasmin S. Mueller

BioConsult SH GmbH & Co. KG

12:00 - 12:10

Coffee Break

12:10 - 13:30

BREAKOUT SESSION


 

BREAKOUT GROUP BIRDS

 

Moderator: Stefan Garthe

Rapporteur: John Frikke

 

- Auditorium 3 -


 

BREAKOUT GROUP MARINE MAMMALS

 

Moderator: Anita Gilles

Rapporteur: Kristine Meise


- Auditorium 2 -

 

BREAKOUT GROUP ALIEN SPECIES

 

Moderator: Christian Buschbaum

Rapporteur: Winny Adolph


- Auditorium 1 -

End of day 1


Wednesday, 01.12.2021 (8:30 - 13:30)

08:15

Opening of the conference platform

08:15 - 18:00

Mulivision Show – cinema (on the rooftop)

08:15 - 08:30

Technical introduction to Meetingland

Juliane Reich, inspektour GmbH (tbd if needed) - Auditorium 3

08:30 - 08:35

Welcome & Setting the scene for the day
 
Thomas Borchers, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) - Auditorium 3

08:35 - 08:55

Multimar Wattforum Live Tour
 
N.N., LKN.SH/NPA Wadden Sea Schleswig-Holstein - Auditorium 3


PARALLEL THEMATIC SESSIONS

09:00 - 11:10

 

SUBLITTORAL HABITATS


Moderator: Christian Winter, Kiel University 

Rapporteur: Martha Buitenkamp, Programme towards a rich Wadden Sea


- Auditorium 3 -

 

 

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – ECO


Moderator: Jouke van Dijk, University Groningen

Rapporteur: Suzanne Poiesz, Wageningen Marine Research

 

- Auditorium 2 -

 

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – SOCIO


Moderator: Anja Szczesinski, WWF Germany
Rapporteur: Catharina Greve, LKN.SH/NPA Wadden Sea Schleswig-Holstein

 

- Auditorium 1 -

09:00 - 09:20




Nina Fieten

Altenburg & Wymenga

Opening Pandora’s Box: Measuring biodiversity change from empirical data

 

Helmut Hillebrand

Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg


Towards Sustainable Development of Cultured World Heritage Nature

 

Janne Liburd

University of Southern Denmark

09:20 - 09:40

Subtidal habitats in the Wadden Sea: Research Approaches, Findings, Constraints


Klaus Ricklefs

FTZ, Kiel University

Modelling drivers of biodiversity change emphasizes the need for multivariate assessments

 

Jan-Claas Dajka

Helmholtz-Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg

Protecting Natural and Cultural Heritage at the Wadden Sea Coast: A Relational Values Approach

 

Cormac Walsh

Institute for Ecology, Social-Ecological Systems Institute, Leuphana University Lüneburg


09:40 - 10:00

Striking long-term change in subtidal epibenthos of the northern Wadden Sea

 

Andreas Waser

Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI), Wadden Sea Station Sylt

Potential ecosystem effects of seagrass recovery in the northern Wadden Sea – A food web modelling approach


Sabine Horn

Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI), Wadden Sea Station Sylt

Integrating the Humanities in Conservation in the Wadden Sea: Some Lessons from Literature


Eveline de Smalen

Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

10:00 - 10:10

Coffee Break

10:10 - 10:30

Status of sublittoral habitat mapping and applied hydroacoustic survey methods in the German Wadden Sea of Schleswig-Holstein

 

Klaus Ricklefs

FTZ, Kiel University

Salt marshes in the Wadden Sea: Status, trends and effects of climate change

 

Kai Jensen

Applied Plant Ecology, Universität Hamburg

New approaches to archaeological research in the Wadden Sea of North Frisia (Germany): Combined geophysical, geoarchaeological and archaeological prospection methods to reconstruct the medieval cultural landscape

 

Bente Sven Majchczack

ROOTS Cluster of Excellence, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel


10:30 - 10:50

Large-scale modelling of residual fluxes and accumulation of fine sediments in the East Frisian Wadden Sea


Gerald Herrling

Coastal Geology and Sedimentology, Institute of Geosciences, Kiel University


Possible impacts and consequences of climate change on the OUVs of the Wadden Sea


Katja Philippart

Waddenacademie, NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Wadden Sea Tourism Monitor: Helping Destinations to Define Limits of Acceptable Change in Tourism Development


Anja Szczesinski

WWF Germany

10:50 - 11:10

Wadden Mosaic: Understanding the ecological functioning of the subtidal Wadden Sea


Oscar Franken

Conservation Ecology Group, GELIFES, University of Groningen


Mutual dependency between coastal morphodynamics and benthic biological functioning: Identifying the main drivers for long term morphological evolution


Peter Arlinghaus

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht


Barriers for Sustainable Entrepreneurship in the Wadden Sea World Heritage Area


Hellen L.A. Dawo

Centre for Sustainable Entreprenuership, Campus Fryslân, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

11:10 - 11:20

Coffee Break

11:20 - 12:35

BREAKOUT SESSION


 

BREAKOUT GROUP SUBLITTORAL HABITATS

 

Moderator: Christian Winter

Rapporteur: Martha Buitenkamp


- Auditorium 3 -


 

BREAKOUT GROUP SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – ECO

 

Moderator: Jouke van Dijk

Rapporteur: Suzanne Poiesz


- Auditorium 2 -


 

BREAKOUT GROUP SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – SOCIO

 

Moderator: Anja Szczesinski
Rapporteur: Catharina Greve


- Auditorium 1 -


12:35 - 13:30

POSTER SESSION


Poster Room 1

Poster Room 2

Poster Room 3


Foraging ecology of Eurasian spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia) in the German Wadden Sea

 

Leonie Enners
 FTZ, Kiel University

The Dutch Wadden Sea as an event-driven system: statistical detection of spatio-temporal patterns in the salinity field and variability of the transport time scales

 

Carmine Donatelli

NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel

Swimways: Linking movement ecology and fish conservation in the Wadden Sea

 

Jena Edwards

NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel, Wageningen Marine Research, University of Wageningen



Using Seabirds to monitor pollution: mercury trends and effects in the Wadden See across the last 40 years

 

Frank R. Mattig

ICBM Terramare, Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg

 

Development of the salt marsh edge due to bio-geomorphic dynamics

 

Charlotte Steinigeweg

Technische Universität Braunschweig

Swimway Waddenzee - Tracking fish migration and habitat selection in the Wadden Sea

 

Jena Edwards

NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel, Wageningen Marine Research, University of Wageningen


Microplastics in marine mammals of the German North Sea

 

Bianca Unger
 Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW), University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation


Proposal for a new legal form for the governance of the Dutch Wadden Sea

 

Tineke Lambooy

Professor Corporate Law Nyenrode Business University

Swimway NL: a five year research program on the role of the Wadden Sea for fish 

 

Ingrid Tulp

Wageningen Marine Research, University of Wageningen


Synergies between ASCOBANS and the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation: Harbour Porpoise

 

Jenny Renell

Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS) Secretariat

 

Mapping the legal de-objectification of nature. Proposing a taxonomy for rights of nature and co

 

Tineke Lambooy

Professor Corporate Law Nyenrode Business University

QSR FISH – Trends in Wadden Sea Fish

 

Ingrid Tulp

Wageningen Marine Research, University of Wageningen

 


Sand Coast Sankt Peter-Ording - How to Revaluate and Adapt Wadden Sea Nature with Respect to Climate Change?

 

Jannes Fröhlich

World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) Germany

Ecological sediment management in the Ems estuary - Basics for a sustainable ecological management strategy

 

Gregor Scheiffarth

National Park Authority Wadden Sea Lower-Saxony

Seasonal variation in the value of the Wadden Sea to commercial and non-commercial fish: a pilot study

 

Jip Vrooman

Wageningen Marine Research, University of Wageningen

 


Birth, growth and death of subtidal mussel beds in the Dutch Wadden Sea.

 

Suzanne Poiesz
 Wageningen Marine Research, University of Wageningen

SmallTalk in the Noisy Sea

Effects of underwater noises on zooplankton with a focus on predator-prey interactions

 

Saskia Kühn

FTZ, Kiel University

 

The Function of Subtidal Reefs in the Wadden Sea: Testing passive acoustics as a tool for monitoring fish habitat

 

Maryann S. Watson

University of Groningen


Grass-like algae transform rippled sand bars into bumpy mud flats: An enigmatic and novel appearance in the Wadden Sea

 

Karsten Reise

Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI), Wadden Sea Station Sylt

 

 

The function of the Wadden Sea for small pelagic fish


Margot Maathuis

Wageningen Marine Research, University of Wageningen

 


 

 

Target practice: how current EU legislation supports the realisation of the Trilateral Fish Targets


Paddy Walker

Programme towards a rich Wadden Sea


 

 

Beached dead herring call for more SWIMWAY-oriented research efforts 


Katja Heubel

FTZ, Kiel University

 

End of day 2



Thursday, 02.12.2021 (8:30 - 12:35)

08:30

Opening of the conference platform

08:55 - 09:00

Welcome & Setting the scene for the day

Vera Knoke, Ministry for Energy, Agriculture,

the Environment, Nature and Digitalisation (MELUND) - Auditorium 3

09:00 - 11:30


THEME SESSION INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE 
Moderator: Bernard Baerends, CWSS

- Auditorium 3 -

09:00 - 09:15

Interlinking science and practice for the management of World Heritage – Heritage Place Lab

Eugene Jo, International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

09:15 - 09:30

Climate adaptation in the Wadden Sea; how deep is your love?

Martin Baptist, Wageningen Marine Research, University of Wageningen

09:30 - 09:45

Assessing climate vulnerability in World Heritage sites using the CVI

Scott Heron, James Cook University

09:45 - 10:00

Marine World Heritage sites and climate change - how site managers work together

Fanny Douvere, UNESCO World Heritage Centre

10:00 - 10:15

Coffee Break

10:15 - 10:30

When Wadden Sea birds are not in the Wadden Sea’: trends, distribution, and pressures along the East Atlantic Flyway

Marc van Roomen, Sovon Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology

10:30 - 10:45

Benefits of transnational cooperation in the face of climate change

Kyong-O Moon, World Heritage Promotion Team of Korean Tidal Flats

10:45 - 11:00

The Yellow Sea working group- an innovative regional platform to support the conservation and management of the intertidal wetlands and associated species in the Yellow Sea

Raphael Glémet, Water and Wetlands, Science and Strategy Group, IUCN Asia Regional Office

11:00 - 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 -12:25

FINAL SESSION PRESENTATION OF RESULTS
Moderator: Karin Lochte, Chair of WSB

- Auditorium 3 -

11:15 - 12:15

Presentation of the results from breakout session

Stefan Garthe, Anita Gilles, Christian Buschbaum, Christian Winter, Jouke van Dijk, Anja Szczesinski

12:15 - 12:25

Conclusions and Wrap up

Karin Lochte

12:25 - 12:35

Outlook Ministerial Conference 2022 and closing of the ISWSS

Ilka Wagner, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

End of the 15. ISWSS