The Forum of the Wadden Sea Region or Wadden Sea Forum (WSF) celebrated its 20th anniversary during its 42nd plenary meeting, which took place on 28-29 September in Wilhelmshaven. The Forum is an independent multi-stakeholder, multi-actor platform from Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands with representatives of the sectors agriculture, energy, fisheries, industry and harbour, nature protection, and tourism, as well as local and regional governments. National governments are represented as observers. The WSF was established in 2002, following a decision by the 9th Trilateral Governmental Conference, with the aim to contribute to an advanced and sustainable development. To this day, the Forum and the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation are strongly interlinked. For instance, representatives of the WSF are advisors to the Wadden Sea Board.
“Since its foundation 20 years ago, the Wadden Sea Forum has grown into one of our main strategies partners”, says CWSS Executive Secretary Bernard Baerends. “Without it, we would not have a network of stakeholders we can address and we were pleased the Forum was one of the first partners to join our common partnership hub. Looking at the portfolio of the WSF I am convinced the WSF will proceed successfully and I wish the WSF all the best for the next 20 years!”