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The Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme

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Paardenschor wetland - small scale brackish tidal wetland restoration in the Sea Scheldt (Zeeschelde)

Degree of synergistic effects and conflicts according to uses

The public acceptance during the planning process was rather low. An important challenge in the Sigmaplan measure program is the realisation of tidal nature with projects by which reasonable areas of forest or agriculture are converted into estuarine nature. The societal sensitiveness of these projects is extremely high and local actors want clarification on the success rate and the effectiveness of the provided estuarine restoration projects. This became clear during information sessions with local stakeholder during the planning phase were local farmers became emotional (2002). This was also a topic in public newspapers (March 2003), for example with the title “licence for excavation of the Paardenschor despite heavy protests by farmers.” The agricultural sector is worried about the stability of the new dike and for salinization of agricultural land.
In contrast, this measure also has some synergistic effects between port development (creation of Deurganckdok) and nature conservation (new tidal wetland).

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