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Management measures analysis and comparison

Authors:

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



7. Summary and conclusions

It is the aim of this TIDE study to make the experiences with management measures at the TIDE estuaries Elbe, Humber, Scheldt and Weser available to estuary managers, in order to generally improve the future planning and implementation processes of estuarine management measures. For this purpose examples of practical management measures planned or implemented in these estuaries have been collected and systematically analysed. Based on the results and conclusions recommendations to address estuary managers have been formulated.


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Important to know

Reports / Measures / Tools

Report: Interestuarine comparison: Managed Realignment Measures (Measures)
Tool: Measure survey (Measures)
Tool: Evaluation of measures in terms of WFD aims (Measures)
Tool: Evaluation of synergistic effects on BHD management targets (Measures)
Tool: Recommendations for estuarine managers concerning measure implementation (Measures)


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?


Keywords

Natura2000Restoration of tidal forelandSafety reservations dike reinforcementTidal floodplains