1. Aim of the study
The aim of this TIDE study was to collect, analyse and compare examples of practical management measure planned or realised in the Weser, Humber, Elbe and Scheldt estuary (hereinafter called TIDE estuaries). The results of this exercise should be used to exchange experience and to improve future planning and implementation processes of estuarine management measures.
A set of well-documented and educative measures aiming at different development targets was selected for the analysis. It was based on a set of criteria which was executed for each measure example and which founded the basis for an in depth comparison of measures in terms of certain aspects of interest (e.g. measures influencing sedimentation, managed realignment measures). As an overall result, recommendations addressed to estuary managers in view of future measure planning and implementation processes were formulated.
Additionally, this report contains a list of the pilot projects realised at the estuaries of Weser, Elbe, Humber and Scheldt during the runtime of TIDE. 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.
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