Project part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund)

The Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme

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Degree of synergistic effects and conflicts according to uses

The project area is currently used for cattle pasture and local agriculture. As a pre-condition for realizing the measure, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen has already acquired the land.
In addition, the project area is sporadically used for recreational purposes by cyclists and local residents. Main recreational activities are sunbathing or reading on benches in coupures as well as dog walking. Due to lacking attractiveness of the project area, nature watching rarely takes place.
According to statements of local residents, the project area was previously used for clay extraction. These statements could be confirmed by inhomogeneous drill samples taken from the project area. In contrast to first assumptions, the excavation material is partly usable for the coming dike reinforcement measures. This will result in a decrease of costs in terms of transport and disposal as well as in reducing potential conflicts with nature conservation.
According to national environmental law, the planned foreland restoration in Werderland represents an ideal compensation measure for the coming dike reinforcements in terms of position and function. This contributes to facilitating the approval procedure for the dike reinforcements.
The bank of the river Weser is fixed by revetments. The measure is supposed to not affect their stabilizing function for the shipping lane.
The implementation area was reduced in order to leave sufficient space for the coming dike reinforcements and potentially necessary future adaptions to climate change. By means of this, negative effects on coastal defense interests will be prevented. The dike association uses the ecological and aesthetic improvements on the project area for a positive self-portrayal in direct connection with the dike reinforcement project.
Summarizing, a medium degree of conflicts according to uses can be stated. The feasibility study provided the basic for a reconciliation of interests.

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