During the 2017 aerial surveys for harbour seal counts, the number of newborn harbour seal pups in the Wadden Sea registered was the highest since the first surveys in 1975.
In just three years, the number of natural World Heritage sites threatened by climate change has doubled, growing from 35 to 62.
Geomorphology and climate, habitats and communities, species, human activities, and pollution of the Wadden Sea are the main areas of analysis in the Quality Status Report 2017 (QSR).
In the recent “Trilateral Wadden Sea Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Monitoring Report for the Trilateral Cooperation of the Protection of the Wadden Sea”, TG-C evaluated the trilateral climate change adaptation strategy.
The conference 'Climate change adaptation in the North Sea region' was successfully held on 8 March 2018 in Schoorl, Netherlands.
Almost 25 participants from the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark met at Groningen University on 7-8 March to exchange information on the application of drones as a new method in counts of coastal bird colonies.
The Interreg NSR project 'Building with Nature' submitted a short video for the video competition of the Interreg North Sea Region Programme. From ten entries this video was chosen as the winner.
On 18 May, the Wadden Sea ministers adopted the Leeuwarden Declaration at the 13th Trilateral Wadden Sea Conference.