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Wim Wolff

We were deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Prof. Dr. Wim J. Wolff. Wim contributed substantially to the scientific basis for the protection of the Wadden Sea and launched research initiatives at Banc d'Arguin in Mauritania and at other sites, by laying the groundwork for large-scale research programmes and developing management visions. He organized the first scientific Wadden Sea Symposium on Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands, in 1975 and was involved in many following ones, most recently at the 12th Symposium in Wilhelmshaven in 2009 (see photo).

From 1975 to 1983 he, as editor-in-chief, together with four co-editors and 120 Danish, Dutch and German colleagues, produced the comprehensive "Ecology of the Wadden Sea". Still considered an excellent standard work, it consists of 11 summary reports published in three volumes. The reports contributed to intensifying the cooperation between the Wadden Sea scientists, and the publication of this reference work undeniably attracted international attention for the Wadden Sea. Wim's work inspired generations of researchers, students and managers and thus contributed to the trilateral cooperation at the government level.

We look back with gratitude on all he has done for the cooperation across the three Wadden Sea states. With his broad knowledge, his empathy and calm attitude, he has been and will remain an exceptional role model for all of us. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.


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