Wadden Sea Agreement

The agreement came into force on October 1, 1991 and will be honoured with a special event in the fall of 2021. This trilateral cooperation is based on a joint declaration on the protection of the Wadden Sea adopted by environment ministers in 1982 at an intergovernmental conference of the three Wadden Sea countries. Since then, regular intergovernmental conferences have been organized by the joint secretariat of the Wadden Sea. The secretariat also supports and coordinates all cooperation activities and publishes reports and documents. In 1997, a trilateral plan for the Wadden Sea was adopted, outspending on the key elements of joint conservation and management measures. There is a trilateral monitoring and evaluation program (TMAP) to assess the implementation of the measures outlined in the plan and provide data on the state of the Wadden Sea ecosystem. The sea commune of Wadden, Secretariat,Virchowstrasse 126382 Wilhelmshaven, DeutschlandTel.: `49 4421 9108 0Fax.: `49 4421 9108 30E-Mail: info@waddensea-secretariat.org The Seal Conservation Convention Wadden Sea is an agreement between the Wadden Sea countries to protect seals and was concluded in 1990 under the Migratory Species Convention (MSC). On 16 October 1990, 30 years ago today, the Wadden Sea Seal Conservation Agreement (WSSA) was signed in Bonn (D) by the Wadden Sea countries, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. The agreement was the first subsidiary agreement concluded under the Bonn Convention (UN Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species, CMS). The objective of this trilateral environmental agreement is to work closely together to achieve and maintain a favourable conservation status for the Wadden Sea seal population.

The WSSA contains, among other things, provisions for research and monitoring, sampling, habitat protection and awareness. Updated on April 22, 2019 12:33 p.m. version 19.4.15 The Seal Management Plan (v. 2018-2022) builds on the commitments of the Sealing Agreement and contains objectives and action points in the areas of habitat protection, research and monitoring, pollution and monitoring, use and public information. The EEA`s CMS web works best with the following browsers: The port seal (or common) (Phoca vitulina vitulina) can be considered an indigenous species of the Wadden Sea, but it is also the most common seal species in the coastal waters of the North Atlantic and Pacific, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. While these residents spend an exceptional part of their lives in the water all year round, they also use habitats such as sandbanks, tidal areas or coastal strips where they can tow themselves. These habitats are essential for maintaining the vital biological functions of seals, such as Z.B. Whelping, nursing, breeding, moulting, calm and feeding. The port seal is listed in Schedule II of the Habitats Directive and special areas have been designated for conservation. In addition, the harbour seal and the grey seal are included in Appendix V, which subjects the exploitation of the wilderness to management measures.

In 2013, the highest number of seals was observed since the Wadden Sea seal census began in 1975. The total number of animals was more than 26,000 and, taking into account the individuals in the water (and therefore not counted), the total population of the seal lake is estimated at nearly 40,000. Since the 2002 seal epidemic, which killed nearly half the population, the number of seals has increased for 10 consecutive seasons in 2013. The Wadden Sea Protection Trilateral Cooperation Website The purpose of the Seal Agreement is to promote close cooperation between the parties in order to achieve and maintain a favourable conservation status for the harbour seal population in the Wadden Sea.