The TIDE- project (Tidal River Development) aims at developing strategies for an integrated and sustainable future management of the estuaries of the North Sea region, considering the requirements of existing uses and, additionally, the requirements of European environmental law, especially the Water Framework Directive (WFD; 2000/60/EC) as well as the Birds (BD; 79/409/EEC) and Habitats (HD; 92/43/EEC) Directives.
Different administrative and scientific institutions from the estuaries of the Elbe, Humber, Scheldt and Weser rivers are project partners of TIDE. Tidally influenced river basins are home to a number of highly regarded and protected nature and landscape features. Major parts of the TIDE estuaries belong to the European Natura 2000 network. On the other hand, centres of economic inter-est have developed along the estuaries. In addition to well-known ports like Antwerp, Bremen, Hamburg or Hull, uses such as industries, shipping, tourism, fisheries and agriculture are important economic factors in the TIDE-estuaries. These diverse uses in the estuaries make it a challenge to balance all interests, it is necessary to develop effective and sustainable estuary management strategies.
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