Wetland Restoration in Southern North Sea Coastal Areas: The Experience of Britain and The Netherlands

by Henk Smit,
John S. Pethick,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


Over the past 500 years, extensive reclamation of tidal wetland areas in the lowlands surrounding the Southern North Sea has taken place. In the Netherlands, reclamation has been an essential part of that country's economic development with the greater proportion of its land area formed from tidal wetlands. In Britain, the provision of new lands by wetland reclamation has also played an important part in its agricultural and industrial development—although not to the same extent as in the Netherlands on the opposite side of the North Sea.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (coastal) | Seas and oceans | Light rail transit | Ecological restoration | Land reclamation | Tides | Land use | Economic factors | North Sea | Netherlands | Europe

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