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Degree of synergistic effects and conflicts according to WFD aims

The compensation measure ‘Cappel-Süder-Neufeld’ was not designed to meet the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). However, it covers two of six main pressures the polyhaline zone of the Weser estuary is affected by (Table 2).

Table 2: Effects of compensation measure ‚Cappel-Süder-Neufeld‘ on main pressures of the polyhaline zone of the Weser estuary
Indi-cator Code Main pressures polyhaline zone Weser Effect? Description
- - - 0 + ++
S.I. 3.1/ 3.2 Decrease of water and sediment chemical quality     X      
S.I. - Habitat loss and degradation during the last 100 years: Subtidal       X   Ditches were flattened and small standing waters were deepened or newly created. The connection to the river is given directly or by means of a sluice in the summer dike.
S.I. 1.1 Habitat loss and degradation during the last 100 years: Intertidal         X New intertidal habitats like salt marshes were created.
D.I. 1.7 Relative Sea Level Rise     X      
D.I. 2.3 Discharge of nutrients and/or harmful substances       X   The use of plant protection products and fertilizer is forbidden. This is the case for all state-owed areas leased to farmers by the Federal Water and Shipping Administration.
D.I. 2.6 Capital dredging     X      

S.I. = state indicator;
D.I. = driver indicator

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