weser | germany

Ports: Bremen/Bremerhaven
Length: 90 km

 Who is who?


In the Weser estuary, the demands Natura 2000 and the Water Framework Directive, and the need for accessibility and development of ports, along with port related activities and coastal defence all come into conflict. As there will be a constant need for dredging of the shipping channel and for security measures against sea level rise, any solution for a better conservation of the Weser estuary must be based on the integration of the different public interests and on cooperation between the authorities and the land users.

Management coordination and integration is also an issue in the Weser estuary, as there are a number of working groups dealing with the implementation of management measures relating to Natura 2000 and the Water Framework Directive, and various institutions from the Bundesländer of Bremen and Lower Saxony are involved. The aim is to get one management plan for the whole estuary, with each state in charge of measures on its territory.
Natura 2000 areas in the Weser region (© NLWKN)
Red areas: Habitats Directive
Blue areas: Birds Directive
Purple areas: Both


An integrated management plan for the Weser estuary was development that tries to harmonize the different uses of the estuary, including the needs of shipping and ports, in conjunction with the requirements of Natura 2000 and the Water Framework Directive. The plan covers the whole estuary ecosystem, which has led to a close cross-border cooperation between the federal states of Lower Saxony and the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.

Mitigation measures and good practices

 Several interesting measures are currently being implemented as compensation measures for the new container terminal CT4 in Bremenhaven and the deepening of the waterways (development of brackish habitats at Luneplate and dyke foreland along the Wursten coastline).

As far as communication between authorities and science is concerned, a strategic group of members of the Bremen Senate for Economy and Ports, Bremenport and the University of Bremen already exists and confers six times annually.

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