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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)

Impact on ecosystem services

Step 1: Involved habitats
The measure Paardenschor in the mesohaline zone of the Scheldt estuary was about the creation of intertidal habitat by transforming adjacent land (agricultural land) into mainly intertidal flat habitat and also marshland with a high change in the habitat quality. The transformation was realized by separating the area from the inland by the construction of a new dike (Sigma dike 11mTAW) and the area itself was lowered.

Step 2: Expected impact on ecosystem services, compared with targeted ecosystem services, and expected impact on beneficiaries

More information about the methodology and the correct interpretation of the results could be found in the overall measures report (Saathoff et al. 2013).

(1) Overall expected impact on ES:
From the ES assessment it is concluded that this measure generates overall a positive expected impact for many ES, with a very positive expected impact for the ES “biodiversity”; cultural services (Aesthetic information; and Inspiration for culture, art and design); and the regulating service Erosion and sedimentation regulation (by water bodies).

(2) Expected impact on targeted ES
The key objective of this measure is the creation of a new intertidal wetland to improve the general functioning of the Scheldt estuary (habitat services “biodiversity”). The expected impact for the development target “biodiversity” is very positive.

(3) Expected impact on beneficiaries
The expected impact for the different beneficiary groups is overall positive, with a very positive expected impact for future use.

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