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Paddebeek wetland - small scale tidal wetland restoration in the freshwater zone of the Sea Scheldt (Zeeschelde)

Impact on ecosystem services

Step 1: Involved habitats
The measure Paddebeek wetland in the freshwater zone of the Scheldt estuary was about the creation of intertidal habitat by transforming adjacent land (agricultural land and a lake) into mainly marshland and also some intertidal flat habitat with a high change in the habitat quality.

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, mainly for “biodiversity”; cultural service (Aesthetic information); and some regulating services: Erosion and sedimentation regulation (by water bodies); Water quality regulation: reduction of excess loads coming from the catchment; Climate regulation: Carbon sequestration and burial; Regulation extreme events or disturbance: Flood water storage.

(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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