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Nationalpark-Haus Husum


The Wadden Sea covers the North Sea coast of Germany and parts of The Netherlands and Denmark. The area consists of large tidal flats, saltmarshes, dunes, sandbanks, channels, islands and marshland. The Wadden Sea is protected, e.g. as National Parks, and inscribed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Among the major conservation successes over the last 30 years for the Wadden Sea is, that no further parts are embanked and that hunting on water bird and seals has largely been stopped. Among the remaining challenges are industrial activities, fisheries and in the long term in particular the increasing speed of sea level rise.

Name of organisation Nationalpark-Haus Husum (NPHH)

Funding support The running costs for the NPHH are about 120,000 Euros annually.

Number of staff There is no staff exclusively for the NPHH. Rather the NPHH is run as part of the activities of the above mentioned organizations.The staff time which is used for the visitor service during the opening hours is eqivalent to about 3 staff positions.

Number of visitors per year 50,000

Overall aims of the centre Information about the Nationalpark Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer, with an particular focus on the migratory and breeding Wadden Sea birds and on the service for visitors of the National Park.

Description of the centre The NPHH is situated at the harbour of Husum, a 23,000 inhabitants town at the Wadden Sea coast (between the mouth of river Elbe and Denmark; see more info at www.iwss.org/fileadmin/user_upload/pdfs/English_versions/IWSS_Reiseinfos_Husum_en.pdf). The Wadden Sea, which the NPHH is supporting, is a major important wetland at the coast of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands (see more info at www.wwf.de/wattenmeer or www.waddensea-secretariat.org or www.waddensea-worldheritage.org). The Wadden Sea is exremely important for both breeding and migratory waterbisds, with a total number of 10-12 million waterbirds using it over the year (see more info at www.waddensea-secretariat.org/TMAP/Migratory_birds.html or www.waddensea-secretariat.org/TMAP/9-birds.html). Also, find a poster about the Wadden Sea within the East Atlantic Flyeway of coastal birds at www.wwf.de/regionen/wattenmeer/drehscheibe-des-vogelzuges/ (both English and German version). The NPHH has about 50,000 visitors annually, but it is just one of many small, medium and large visitor centres at the Wadden Sea, jointly hosting more than a million visitors annually. The Wadden Sea itself hosts more than 10 million visitors each year.

Main CEPA work areas The NPHH is focussing on the local level. i.e. providing information and also guided tours for tourists visiting Husum. However, the organisations responsible for the NPHH have much broader tasks:
Administration for the Nationalpark Schleswig Holsteinisches Wattenmeer: Govenmental responsibility for managing the Nationalpark (covering about 30 % of the entire Wadden Sea) (for more details see www.wattenmeer-nationalparke.de/sh).
Wadden Sea Office of WWF Germany: Protection of and information on the Wadden Sea on the national and the trilateral level (for more details see here, or here).
Schutzstation Wattenmeer: Protection of and information on the Wadden Sea on the regional level, i.e. in Schleswig-Holstein, with a focus on runing many visitor centres and field stations.
 

Top three successes Here I give a larger picture on the last 30 years for the Wadden Sea: The Wadden Sea is protected / No further parts of the Wadden Sea being embanked / The three Wadden Sea countries cooperate closely and over the long term on the protection / large National Parks being founded / The Wadden Sea (Dutch and German part) being inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Top three challenges Three problems to be mentioned here (there are more) are industrial activities, fishery, and in the long term in particular the increasing speed of sea level rise. Certainly something can be learned, but this is really to much to be discussed in this short paper.

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures

Participation

Engaging young people; Engaging the local community;

Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Fund-raising; Project planning. 

 

Dr. Hans-Ulrich Rösner

WWF Wadden Sea Office

Hafenstr. 3

D-25813 Husum

Email: husum@wwf.de

Tel: 049-4841-668551

Fax: 049-4841-668539

www.nationalparkhaus-husum.de (just for the visitor centre / for the organisations responsible for the visitor centre see www.wattenmeer-nationalparke.de/sh, www.schutzstation-wattenmeer.de, www.wwf.de/wattenmeer)

Website address:

www.waddensea-worldheritage.org

www.waddensea-secretariat.org

Other Information:

The Wadden Sea is extremely important for both breeding and migratory waterbirds, with a total number of 10-12 million waterbirds using it over the year (see more info at www.waddensea-secretariat.org/TMAP/9-birds.html). Also, find a poster about the Wadden Sea within the East Atlantic Flyway of coastal birds at http://www.wwf.de/fileadmin/fm-wwf/Publikationen-PDF/Flyway-Poster_WWF_Wattenmeer.pdf (German version) or http://www.wwf.de/fileadmin/fm-wwf/Publikationen-PDF/Flyway-Poster_WWF_Wadden_Sea.pdf (English version).

 

The Nationalpark-Haus Husum has about 50,000 visitors annually. It is just one of many small, medium and large visitor centres at the Wadden Sea, jointly hosting more than a million visitors annually. The Wadden Sea itself hosts more than 10 million visitors each year. The focus of the Nationalpark-Haus is on the migratory and breeding Wadden Sea birds and on the service for visitors of the National Park on the local level. E.g. we provide information and also guided tours for tourists visiting Husum.

 

However, the organisations responsible for the NPHH have much broader tasks:

– Administration for the Nationalpark Schleswig Holsteinisches Wattenmeer: Governmental responsibility for managing the National Park in the Schleswig-Holstein part of the Wadden Sea (which covers about 30 % of the entire Wadden Sea) (for more details see www.wattenmeer-nationalparke.de/sh).

– Wadden Sea Office of WWF Germany: Protection of and information on the Wadden Sea on the national and the trilateral level (for more details see www.wwf.de/wattenmeer and www.wwf.de/fileadmin/fm-wwf/pdf_neu/WWF_PB_Wattenmeer_englisch_01.pdf).

– Schutzstation Wattenmeer: Protection of and information on the Wadden Sea on the regional level, i.e. in Schleswig-Holstein (see www.schutzstation-wattenmeer.de), with a focus on many visitor centres and field stations.

 

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