Location in the Markermeer
|Location||Municipality of Lelystad, Flevoland, Netherlands|
Work on the first phase, which is mainly focused on the construction of the first island, started in April 2016, with Boskalis Westminster being awarded the contract.
The main aims of the project are to create breeding grounds, islands, and coast line as well as to improve the water ecology of the Markermeer. The project creates a wetland comparable with the Wadden Sea—hence the name of the project—yet without tides. This is because the Markermeer is not connected to the sea and is in a fresh water environment. The new nature reserve will be accessible to tourists.
On 11 May 2016, the first new island was completed, Natuurmonumenten called this a "milestone". In March 2017, it was announced that four other islands should be completed before 2020.
Flora and Fauna
The islands have been colonized by large numbers of breeding birds. A colony of 200 breeding pairs of Pied avocet has made the islands their home, as has a large colony of Common tern. Little terns also breed on the islands. Northern shoveler, Gadwall, Garganey, Mediterranean gull, Spoonbill, and numerous other species of birds have been seen on and around the islands.
The ecologist Wouter van Dieren claimed he first had the idea in 1996 and talks about "plagiarism".
- Een nieuw stukje Nederland: de Marker Wadden zijn open
- Marker Wadden Charrette, 2013 The Cultural Ecology of Water in the Netherlands.
- Marker Wadden, droomplan wordt mogelijk - Natuurmonumenten (in Dutch), YouTube. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
- "VNO-NCW-baas De Boer wil spoed achter project Marker Wadden" (in Dutch), NU.nl, 25 October 2014.
- "Crowdfunding voor aanleg Marker Wadden" (in Dutch), De Stentor, 2016.
- Unique project: nature islands in the Markermeer: Marker Wadden (in Dutch), Vereniging Natuurmonumenten. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
- Hans Marijnissen, "'Plan Marker Wadden is puur plagiaat'" (in Dutch), Trouw, 11 February 2012.
- Marker Wadden, Natuurmonumenten