The Wadden Sea Forum (WSF), an independent platform of stakeholder organization in the Wadden Sea Region (WSR) of Denmark, Germany, and The Netherlands, was established in 2002, following a decision by the 9th Governmental Conference of the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation (TWSC). The WSF works towards an advanced and sustainable development in the Wadden Sea Region. In particular, this means integrating specific cross-sectoral and transboundary strategies, actions, and techniques which are environmentally sound, economically viable, and socially acceptable. Essential in this work is an Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) approach as well as the further development of a transnational Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP).
So far, the WSF has achieved a sound added value in participatory processes and transnational cooperation with regard to a sustainable development of the Wadden Sea Region. The Forum investigates potential conflicts and obstacles of sustainable growth and encourages the stakeholders to integrate different sector approaches. The cooperation of the transnational network creates beneficial synergies among stakeholders. Also in the future, the WSF will bring together stakeholders, administration, science and NGO's for knowledge exchange, capacity building and conflict resolution.
In line with relevant developments in the Wadden Sea Region, the Forum focusses on the key issues sustainability indicators, shipping safety, energy transition and CO2 reduction and goose management.
Since March 2011 the Wadden Sea Forum is a non-profit society, led under the regulations of German tax rules and tax procedures and exclusively pursues direct, non-profit-making objectives. On 17 March 2011, the WSF was officially registered as WSF e.V. (eingetragener Verein, registered society).
Further information, also about information tools like transnational planning and climate atlas, are provided on the WSF website www.waddensea-forum.org