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Legislative Drivers & Sectoral Plan Review of TIDE Estuaries

3c. Weser Estuary

Table 3 shows the organisations with management responsibility for the Weser estuary. As the tidal Weser is administrated by only two federal states, principally Lower Saxony and the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, a coordinated management approach is easier compared to the Elbe, but still needs governmental treaties between the states, again with the involvement of the Federal Waterways Administration (WSV). As with the Elbe, a cross-border Natura 2000 management plan was set up for the Weser estuary (Integrated Management Plan Weser (IBP Weser) by the associated state ministries and state agencies in order to meet the requirements of the Natura 2000 directives, the WFD objectives, and also to consider the needs of existing uses in the estuary. In order to ensure future successful implementation, the development of the IBP Weser was sustained by detailed stakeholder involvement. In February 2012 both state governments decided on the implementation of the IBP Weser as a guideline for authorities. The existing working group by NLWKN, SUBV and WSV should be continued in order to observe the implementation process and biennially report progresses to stakeholders.

Nature conservation agencies are in charge of the implementation of most of the measures, stated in the IMP, but also the WSV, dike organisations, ports and others committed themselves to contributions. Further planning to specify and synchronise measures is likely to be financed.

Table 3 Organisational Remit for the Management of the Weser estuary

WESER

Area of Responsibility Group/Organisation Basis to Management
Water Quality State Ministries
  • Lower Saxony Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MU)
  • Free Hanseatic City of Bremen – The Senator for Environment, Construction and Transport (SUBV)
Statutory
State Agencies
  • Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG)
  • Lower Saxony Water Management, Coastal Defence and Nature Conservation Agency (NLWKN)
  • Lower Saxony State Agency for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG)
Statutory
Water Companies Duty of Care
Nature Conservation State Ministries
  • Lower Saxony Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MU)
  • Free Hanseatic City of Bremen – The Senator for Environment, Construction and Transport (SUBV)
Statutory
State Agencies and Companies
  • Lower Saxony Water Management, Coastal Defence and Nature Conservation Agency (NLWKN)
  • Hanseatic Nature Development Company (haneg) for Bremen
  • Bremenports GmbH & Co KG
Statutory
Wadden Sea National Park of Lower Saxony - Administration Statutory
Nature conservation NGOs, e.g.
  • Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND),
  • Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU)
  • Association Nature Conservation Unterweser (GNUU)
Stakeholder, protected sites management, contracts, landowner, lobby
Shipping and ports Federal Waterways Administration (WSV), consisting of Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS), the regional offices e.g. in Aurich (WSD Nord-West) and local offices Bremerhaven and Bremen (Waterways and Shipping Authorities) Statutory
State Ministries
  • Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic affairs, employment and transport (MW)
  • Free Hanseatic City of Bremen – The Senator for Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports (SWAH)
Statutory
-    Harbour Master Office/port authority of the ports of Bremen/­Bremerhaven (navigation)
-    Bremenports (infrastructure related company, owned by Bremen))
Statutory
Niedersachsen Ports (N-Ports) Statutory
Ship-owner associations and terminal operators Lobby
Regional Development State Ministries
  • Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Development (ML)
  • Free Hanseatic City of Bremen – The Senator for Environment, Construction and Transport (SUBV)
Statutory
Local and regional Planning Authorities (with stakeholder input) Statutory
  • Bremen Economic Development Company (Bremer Wirtschaftsförderung GmbH, WFB)
  • Bremerhaven Economic Development Company (Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Investionsförderung und Stadtentwicklung – BIS)
Statutory
Associations (entrepreneurs, trade, industry) Lobby
Flood Protection   Flood Protection (cont.) State Ministries
  • Lower Saxony Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MU)
  • Free Hanseatic City of Bremen – The Senator for Environment, Construction and Transport (SUBV)
 Municipal authorities
  • Harbour Master Office/port authority of the ports of Bremen/Bremerhaven (Hansestadt Bremisches Hafenamt HBH)
  • Bremerhaven Urban Administration (Magistrat)
Statutory
State Agencies
  • Lower Saxony Water Management, Coastal Defence and Nature Conservation Agency (NLWKN)
Statutory
Water and Land Communities
-     Free Hanseatic City of Bremen – The Senator for Economic affairs and ports (SWH)
-     bremenports
  • Kreisverband der Wasser- und Bodenverbände im Altkreis Wesermünde
  • Kreisverband Wesermarsch der Wasser- und Bodenverbände und Unterhaltungsverbände AG 26
  • Bremischer Deichverband am linken Weserufer
  • Bremischer Deichverband am rechten Weserufer
Statutory
Niedersachsen Ports (N-Ports) Statutory
Local Landowners Stakeholders
Recreation, Tourism Tourism Associations
  • Bremer Touristik-Zentrale (BTZ)
  • Bremerhaven Touristik (BIS)
  • Touristikgemeinschaft Wesermarsch
  • Cuxland – Tourismus (Agentur für Wirtschaftsförderung Cuxhaven)
  • Region Unterweser Maritime Landschaft e.V.
Promotion
Cities and communities along the Weser
  • Departments for recreation and green spaces
  • Free Hanseatic City of Bremen – The Senator for Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports (SWAH)
Statutory
Water sports association
  • Wassersportkommission im Landessportbund Bremen
  • Deutscher Motoryachtverband e.V.
  • Seglerverband Niedersachsen e.V.
Lobby
Fishery Private fishing clubs
  • Landesfischereiverband Bremen (LFV Bremen)
  • Landesfischereiverband Weser-Ems (LFV Weser-Ems)
Lobby, site management
Fishery Administration
  • Free Hanseatic City of Bremen –The Senator for Economic Affairs, Labour and and Ports (SWAH)
  • Fischeramt Bremen
  • staatliches Fischereiamt Bremerhaven
  • Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES) – Department Freshwater Fishery and Fishery Service
Statutory
Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture, Department Fishery Statutory
Professional fishing association Lobby
Agriculture State Ministries
  • Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Development (ML)
  • Free Hanseatic City of Bremen –The Senator for Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports (SWAH)
  • Free Hanseatic City of Bremen –The Senator for Environment, Construction and Transport  (SUBV)
Statutory
Chamber of Agriculture¹
  • Landwirtschaftskammer Bremen
  • Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachsen
Statutory
Agricultural Associations
  • Deutscher Bauernverband e.V. (BDV)
  • Bremischer Landwirtschaftsverband e.V.
  • Landvolk Niedersachsen – Landesbauernverband e.V.
  • Kreislandvolkverband Wesermünde e.V.
  • Kreislandvolkverband Wesermarsch e.V.
  • Kreislandvolkverband Osterholz e.V.
Lobby
Forestry Niedersächsische Landesforsten (NLF)
State ministries:
-  Free Hanseatic City of Bremen – The Senator for Environment, Construction and Transport (SUBV)
-   Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Development (ML)
Landowner, statutory
Hunting State ministries:
Free Hanseatic City of Bremen – The Senator for Environment, Construction and Transport (SUBV)
Lower Saxony Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Development (ML)
Hunters Associations
  • Deutscher Jagdschutzverband (DJV)
  • Landesjägerschaft Niedersachsen e.V.
  • Landesjägerschaft Bremen e.V.
  • Kreisjägerschaft Wesermarsch e.V.
  • Kreisjägerschaft Land Hadeln/Cuxhaven e.V.
  • Jägerschaft Wesermünde-Bremerhaben e.V.
Land management, game keeping, lobby

¹ The Chambers of Agriculture are both: stakeholders and agricultural authorities with official duties.


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