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Management measures analysis and comparison


by S. Saathoff, J. Knüppel, S. Manson & A. Boerema

4. Pilot projects

In the runtime of TIDE, several pilot projects were realised at the estuaries of Weser, Elbe, Humber and Scheldt (Table 21). The pilot projects primarily address a question of specific interest in view of the estuary they refer to, but they also provide results transferable to other estuaries of the North Sea region. The reports on the pilot projects are available via

Table 21: Pilot projects implemented at Weser, Elbe, Humber and Scheldt in the runtime of TIDE, reports available via
Estuary Title of pilot project Responsible project partner, Reference
Weser Identification of potential areas for the development and creation of subtidal Hard Substrate Habitats in the Outer Weser Estuary – Pilot study in the framework of the Interreg IVB project TIDE  NLWKN, KÜFOG&NLWKN (2011)
Ecological requirements for revitalizing anabranches of the Lower Weser Estuary against the backdrop of WFD and Natura 2000 using the Schweiburg as an example
– Feasibility study in the framework of the Interreg IVB project TIDE
NLWKN, Bioconsult & NLWKN (2012)
Occurrence and Importance of Secondary Channels in European Estuaries - Literature study in the framework of the Interreg IVB project TIDE NLWKN, Küste und Raum & NLWKN (2012)
Restoration of a tidal foreland in the Werderland region (Feasibility study) SWH, Birkhoff (2012)
Scheldt Sediment relocation to shallow water near Walsoorden sandbar MOW, Vos et al. (2009)
Morphological management of estuaries: case study of the Scheldt estuary APA, APA (2012)
Elbe Evaluation of the sediment trap near Wedel by Hamburg HPA, HPA (2013)
Elbe/ Scheldt Joint study on mitigation measures in the estuary mouth MOW & HPA, MOW & HPA(2013)
Humber The Potential Alternative uses of Dredged Material in the Humber Estuary EA, Lonsdale (2012)

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Reports / Measures / Tools

Report: Management measures analysis and comparison

Management issues

How and by which management measures can tidal amplification be reduced?
How can public acceptance for management actions be increased?
How can the Ecosystem Services Approach be used to support management decisions?
How can we assure accessibility to an inland estuarine port without affecting the habitats and safety against flooding?
How can we prevent excessive degradation or loss of tidal marshes?
How does habitat management affect the supply of ecosystem services?
What are the key areas of conflicts or synergies in TIDE estuaries?
What are the restoration opportunities for side branch systems and river banks (e.g. left side branch Weser)?
What factors determine the distribution of suspended sediments in an estuary?
What measures are successful for the dissipation of tidal energy?
What monitoring is required to support and assess management decisions?
What parameters should be used to define and evaluate measure targets?
What tool is available to help manage multiple users of a resource in an integrated way (i.e. achieving more holistic management)?
Which aspects do I have to take into account in order to make a measure a success?
Which measures are suitable to achieve specific ecological targets?
Which measures are suitable to achieve specific morphological and hydrological targets?
Which measures are suitable to identify, protect or develop valuable submerged habitats e.g. mussel beds and Sabellaria reefs?
Which measures are suitable to improve the physical characteristics and chemical water quality?
Which measures are suitable to provide ecosystem services and benefits?
Which synergistic effects and conflicts can be expected by planning and implementing a certain measure?
“Working with nature”: What are the opportunities for sediment management in estuaries?