The Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation comprises of two levels of decision making, the Council of Ministers and the Wadden Sea Board.
The Council of Ministers
The Trilateral Wadden Sea Governmental Council gathers the ministers responsible for Wadden Sea affairs from the three countries every three years. At the conference they discuss Wadden Sea matters, and provide political leadership, harmonisation and decision-making between the three governments.
The Wadden Sea Governmental Conferences
The Council meetings are held within the context of the Wadden Sea Conferences. The Conferences are a forum for stakeholders from the whole Wadden Sea Region aimed to inform policy-making and the Cooperation in its work.
The Wadden Sea Board
The Wadden Sea Board is the governing body of the Cooperation. It runs and oversees the work of the Cooperation between the Ministerial Council meetings, and prepares, adopts and implements the Strategy for the work of the Cooperation. It appoints Task Groups to prepare and to undertake specific tasks, plans or projects.
The Board is chaired by a senior government official, appointed by the Council. The chair rotates between the countries. There are four members appointed per country and four advisors with expertise and experience relevant to the Cooperation.
The Cooperation has several expert groups to carry out specific monitoring and scientific tasks such birds and seals monitoring, salt marshes and dunes.
Wadden Sea Board Meeting Dates and Documents are available here.
Task and Expert Groups
Task Group Management (TG-M)
Task Group Climate (TG-C)
Task Group World Heritage (TG-WH)
Task Group Shipping (TG-S)
Task Group Sustainable Tourism Strategy (TG-STS)
Trilateral Monitoring and Assessment Group (TMAG)
Trilateral Data handling Group (TDG)
Trilateral Seal Expert Group (TSEG)
Joint Monitoring Groups Migratory Birds and Breeding Birds (JMMB, JMBB)
The Cooperation also includes an expert network covering saltmarshes, benthos, fish biology, dunes, environmental education and other topics.