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Wadden Sea digital calendar 2022

For each month in 2022, we will post a wallpaper calendar for you to download to give your desktop a Wadden Sea look. With each month’s picture, we want to give some information to help improve the understanding of the Outstanding Universal Value of the Wadden Sea World Heritage. The Outstanding Universal Value describes why a property is among the most remarkable places on Earth. The World Heritage Committee considers a property as having Outstanding Universal Value if the property meets at least one out of ten selection criteria and whether it meets the requirements of integrity, and protection and management.

This calendar is meant for private use only. The images displayed here may not be repurposed.

 

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May 2022

May we dedicate to the importance of the Wadden Sea for in situ biodiversity conservation. Despite its tranquil, even desolate appearance, the Wadden Sea World Heritage has a high typical biodiversity being home to over 10,000 species of plants and animals. More, global biodiversity is reliant on the Wadden Sea. The richness of local species is crucial for up to 12 million of migratory birds that every year make a stopover in the area on their journey along the East Atlantic Flyway. The criterion “(x) Vital habitats for in-situ biodiversity conservation” is one of four criteria for natural sites to qualify as World Heritage. The Wadden Sea checks off that box. The other two criteria the Wadden Sea has been designated as World Heritage site for, are “(viii) Outstanding Geological Processes”, featured in our March calendar, and “(ix) Ongoing ecological and biological processes”. The fourth criterion “(vii) Exceptional natural phenomena and beauty” was not applied for. Read more

May 2022. (c) Jan Sohler/ NAKUWA.

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Also in May... On 14 May is World Migratory Bird Day, an awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. This year’s theme is light pollution. Read more about Artificial Light at Night and its effect on Wadden Sea life here.


 

April 2022

April we dedicate to the ecological and biological processes of the Wadden Sea. The Wadden Sea has one of the highest biomass productivities in the world, offering a wide food selection availability for fish, shellfish and birds. It is therefore a key site to sustain abundant wildlife beyond its borders. The interaction of wind and water as well as biological processes are the creators of a complex system of habitats, such as salt marshes, dunes and tidal flats. The criterion “(ix) Ongoing Ecological and Biological Processes” is one of four criteria for natural sites to qualify as World Heritage. The Wadden Sea checks off that box. The other two criteria the Wadden Sea has been designated as World Heritage site for, are “(viii) Outstanding Geological Processes”, featured in our March calendar, and “(x) Vital habitats for in-situ biodiversity conservation”. The fourth criterion “(vii) Exceptional natural phenomena and beauty” was not applied for. Read more

April 2022. (c) Annika Bostelmann.

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Also in April... Harbour Porpoise Days in Wilhelmshaven.


 

March 2022

March we dedicate to the geological processes of the Wadden Sea. There are four criteria for natural sites to qualify as World Heritage. The criterion “(viii) Outstanding Geological Processes” is one of them and applies to the Wadden Sea: Over the past 8,000 years, the dynamic coastline of the Wadden Sea has been shaped by the elements and strongly influenced by rising sea level. The continuous interplay between wind, currents and tides creates an ever-changing tapestry of islands, sandbanks, channels, sand and mud flats, saltmarshes, beaches and dunes. The other two criteria the Wadden Sea has checked off on, when designated as World Heritage site, are “(ix) Ongoing ecological and biological processes” and “(x) Vital habitats for in-situ biodiversity conservation”. The fourth criterion “(vii) Exceptional natural phenomena and beauty” was not applied for. Read more

March 2022. (c) Janis Meyer/Waddenagenda.

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Also in March... ASCOBANS (Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas) celebrates its 30th anniversary.


 

February 2022

February we dedicate to the requirement of integrity. Integrity is a measure of the wholeness and intactness of the natural heritage and its attributes. In that respect, the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site, from Denmark through Germany to the Netherlands, consists of all the facets (species, habitats, processes) that constitute a natural and dynamic Wadden Sea. The area is large enough to ensure that these exceptional aspects of one of the world’s first-class ecosystems of this kind are included and maintained. Read more

February 2022. (c) Cris Toala Olivares.

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Also in February... On 2 February every year the World Wetlands Day is celebrated to raise awareness about wetlands and marks the anniversary of the Ramsar Convention (Convention on Wetlands of International Importance).

 

* This calendar is meant for private use only. The images displayed here may not be repurposed.