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Legislative Drivers & Sectoral Plan Review of TIDE Estuaries

4c. SWOT Tables

Abbreviations and acronyms in bold in Tables 5 to 8 are described below:

*1 Categories for spatial scope of participants
EU -  European level
INT -  International level
NAT -  National level (Government Bodies, Federal Ministries and their agencies, institutes and administration units)
RA - Relevant Authority
RBM - River Basin Management level (national, including the 5 Federal states and the Federal Ministries)
FDS - Federal State level (Federal State Ministries and their agencies and administration units)
(1)-(5) number of states involved
REG -  Regional level (Kreise und Gemeinden)
NGOs   -  Non-Governmental Organisation (e.g. nature conservation organisations or other stakeholder groups e.g. according to agricultural use, tourism, hunting)


*2 Scope of Planning Area
RB - River Basin (National/International)
EST - Estuary /Tidal River (may include land)
EST-SECT - Estuary /Tidal River sections /subdivisions (may include land)
COA - Coastal water (< 12 nm)
COAZ - Coastal Zone (including EEZ and land)
COAPO - EEZ and Tidal River up to the Ports
MSD - Marine Strategy Directive (from Baseline to EEZ)
WAD   - International Wadden Sea (Denmark, Germany, Netherlands)


Plans and Schemes in the table are colour coded and relate to:
  • River Basin Management & Water Quality (Water Framework Directive & Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive)
  • Nature Conservation (Habitats & Species Directive & Wild Birds Directive)
  • Flood Protection & Species/Habitat Improvement (Flood Risk Management Directive)
  • Coastal Protection
  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management
  • Shipping, Ports and Pollution Prevention
  • Economic Development & Spatial Planning
  • EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive






























In the last decade, management of the Scheldt estuary has been worked out not only on a transnational basis (The Netherlands (NE) – Flanders (FL)) but also in a multi-sectoral way. A global Long Term Vision (LTV – 2001) has been implemented in a 2010 Development Outline (2010DO – 2005) which has been translated in a Scheldt Treaty (2005). Some sectoral plans listed below are part of this multi-sectoral policy plans. Where this is the case, it is mentioned between brackets.







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