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Ambassador of US visits Wattenmeer National Park

Visit Takes Place Before the US Embassy’s ‘Our Ocean’ Conference to Raise Awareness of Environmental Issues

August 11th, 2016
Iñaqui Gonzalez, News from Berlin

Ambassador John B. Emerson visits Wattenmeer on July 21st along with Kimberly Marteau Emerson to learn about environmental protection efforts and the challenges at Nationalpark Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer.

The Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park (German: Nationalpark Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer) is a national park in the area of the Frisian German Sea in Schleswig-Holstein. It was created by the Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein on 1 October 1985, in accordance with the National Park Act of 22 July 1985, and was significantly extended in 1999.

Together with the Lower-Saxon Wadden Sea National Park, the Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park and the sections of the Elbe estuary which are not natural reserves, it forms the German part of the Wadden Sea. Besides being a biosphere reserve, it has been a World Heritage Site since June 26, 2009.

Kirsten Thiemann, station commissioner at Schutzstation Wattenmeer, explains how plastic bottles or old fishing nets pose a threat to marine life: pollution is an acute threat to many aquatic species as it damages their habitats, disrupts their food chains, and, in the case of plastic waste, can even strangle or choke the animals.

Secretary of State John Kerry will host the ‘Our Ocean’ Conference in Washington D.C. on September 15th and 16th, which will focus on the current key issues in marine protected areas. It will also attempt to address these threats, considering sustainable fisheries, marine pollution and climate-related impacts on the ocean.

The conferences are visually engaging, inspiring, and include interactive events which have an unwavering emphasis on encouraging commitments for action amongst participants and other stakeholders around the globe. The conference will be attended by experts from around the globe, and aims to inspire the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists and civil society to identify solutions and commit to actions to protect and conserve the ocean and its resources.


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