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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 WFD aims

This measure, in the mesohaline zone of the Scheldt, aimed to create a new intertidal wetland with a clear positive effect on habitat loss and degradation and this piece of land is given back to the estuary. At a larger scale this type of measure could also generate a positive effect on the hydrographic regime, water and sediment chemical quality and relative sea level rise. Finally, sedimentation on the wetland can reduce the need for maintenance dredging in the main river.

Indicator code Main pressures mesohaline zone Scheldt Effect? Description
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S.I. 1.1 Habitat loss and degradation during the last about 100 years: Intertidal       X   Newly created intertidal mudflat (small scale)
S.I. 1.5 Gross change of the hydrographic regime during the last about 100 years       X   Opportunity to give more “space” to the river
S.I. 3.1/ 3.2 Decrease of water and sediment chemical quality       X   Wetlands proved to improve the water and sediment quality
D.I. 1.3 Land claim during the last about 100 years       X   The land is given back to the estuary (small scale)
D.I. 1.7 Relative Sea Level Rise       X   Opportunity to increase the flood areas at locations without (or with less) socio-economic costs
D.I. 2.12 Port developments       X   Sedimentation on the wetland means less sediment in the main river

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

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