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Beach and dune management


Detailed description of the Good Practice

Beach management in Warnemünde is closely linked to tourism, main economic activity of this area of the German Baltic coast. In opposition with lots of other beaches of this region, Warnemünde beach is subject to sand accumulation because of a fortified pier perpendicular to the coast, the entrance of Rostock’s harbour. The consequence is that beach and dunes are growing quickly, obstructing the view of the sea from the promenade. To meet the demand of tourism, a specific dunes management was set up. It consists to remodel every seven year the dunes sectors by flattening them by bulldozer. The sand removed is after used to improve the beach quality. An agreement was found between stakeholders of the nature and coastal protection and those of tourism, but is now questioned due to investors demands.
The management consists of flattening the dunes by bulldozer in order to control their height and to maintain the view on the sea from the promenade. Nature preservation and tourist stakeholders found an agreement, but this agreement is now threaten by individual interests. Local authorities and researchers attempted to set up in 2002 an ICZM-program for the coastal strip Warnemünde-Kühlungsborn (30km), but it was given up for financial reasons. The priorities of this pilot study were dumping, tourism (yachting) and coastal preservation.
Many ideas and suggestions derived from the Warnemünde project were finally picked up and fully developed within the ICZM-Oder project (http://. www.ikzm-oder.de).

stakeholder involvement

Objectives of the Good Practice

to elaborate effective measures of veach and dune management and meeting the interets of the stakeholders

Participants of the Good Practice

local authorities

Target group of the Good Practice


Funding of the Good Practice

local authorities

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

ICZM-Oder project

Available files

Contact details

Schernewski Gerald
Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde - Baltic Sea Research Institute
Seestrasse 15
18 119 Warnemünde

Data sources and references

Coastal Practice Network
http://www.coastalpractice.net/en/tourismdb/index.htm (Accessed November, 16, 2009)