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Tourism and nature conservation – a sustainable partnership with potential

Mit Pferdekutschen auf dem Wattenmeer

The Wadden Sea world heritage area and the UNESCO programme for sustainable tourism in world heritage sites together for the first time at ITB Berlin.

"The UNESCO World Heritage Convention is one of the most significant instruments for promoting the protection of the world's cultural and natural heritage. I am delighted to be working together with the UNESCO programme for sustainable tourism at world heritage sites, in order to make our work on protecting the Wadden Sea world heritage area known to a wider public", said Rüdiger Strempel, secretary of the Communal Wadden Sea Secretariat (CWSS).

As part of the 11th Pow-Wow for Tourism Trade Visitors, the Wadden Sea world heritage will be making a significant contribution to the opening events on Wednesday, 9 March. Speakers, who will include Peter Südbeck, Director of the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park, and Peter Debrine of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris, will explain ways in which tourism in world cultural heritage sites can be structured responsibly and sustainably. Last year's panel discussion about the UNESCO world heritage as an example of best practice for sustainable tourism development is being continued this year with a number of events dealing with this topic.

The entire programme is available in English at:

During ITB Berlin seven marine world heritage sites will form the background to the exhibition "Crown Jewels of the Oceans" in Hall 4.1. Sponsored by CWSS, this exhibition of photographs dealing with UNESCO marine world heritage sites presents some remarkable images and also provides background information about such exceptional places as the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador, the Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines and, of course, the Wadden Sea.

At the weekend visitors to ITB Berlin can experience the unique features of the world heritage site for themselves. Partners and companies associated with this destination, the Wadden Sea world heritage site, are presenting various cultural, culinary and fun activities.

Details about the programme when ITB Berlin is open to the public can be obtained from:


Photo: © Nationalparkverwaltung Hamburgisches Wattenmeer


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