‘Wisselpolders’ as a strategy for intertidal nature and climate adaptation

February 22, 2022 Mona Zum Felde

‘Wisselpolders’ as a strategy for intertidal nature and climate adaptation

Intertidal nature areas are the most productive ecosystems in the world and have an important function for migrating birds. Besides that, they function as breakwaters and thus play a crucial role for flood risk management. However, due to polderisation, damming and sea level rise in the Netherlands these tidal areas are under pressure and might disappear.

Together with the WWF-Netherlands (Wereld Natuur Fonds) and NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research we developed the Wisselpolders (double dike systems); a strategy that can be used to protect and enhance intertidal nature, create climateadaptive agricultural areas and strengthen the flood protection in the Southwest Delta and the Wadden Sea.

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