On 24 and 25 August the staff of the World Heritage Division of the German Commission for UNESCO (DUK) visited Wilhelmshaven to discuss options for continuing and further enhancing the successful cooperation between DUK and the Wadden Sea World Heritage and to get to know the team of the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat in person.
In discussions with CWSS, Kerstin Manz (head of the World Heritage Division) and her colleagues Claudia Brincks-Murmann, Franziska Brune and Nicoletta Flora familiarized themselves with the effective transboundary ecosystem-based collaboration for conservation of the Wadden Sea. Both parties expressed their desire to further strengthen the existing good relations and expand their mutual support, for instance by addressing cross-border cooperation and multilateral international projects.
“The Wadden Sea World Heritage is not only a key site because of its outstanding natural values,” Kerstin Manz pointed out, “but also highly instructive and exemplary for its experience in conducting research and managing conservation efforts in a longstanding tri-national partnership.”
While visiting Wilhelmshaven, the four DUK staff members had the opportunity to participate in the 11th Wadden Sea Day, where they gained insights into the conservation status of migratory birds in the Wadden Sea and the Wadden Sea World Heritage’s global responsibility for their conservation. The event brought together policy-makers, conservation managers, scientists and non-governmental organizations working in the field.
The German Commission for UNESCO is a National Commission established under Article VII of the UNESCO Constitution, and is thus the link between Germany and UNESCO. It acts as an intermediary of foreign cultural and educational policy, and is supported by the Federal Foreign Office.
The DUK is responsible for providing information and for public awareness activities in German on all of UNESCO’s areas of work, together with its partner organizations in Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
Further information on the German Commission for UNESCO and its work towards conservin World Heritage can be found here.
You will find an item about the meeting of the DUK World Heritage Team and CWSS (in German) here.