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Jeschke, A.. Spatial planning as an integrative instrument in coastal protection management. In: Schernewski, G., Dolch, T. (eds.). Geographie der Meere und Küsten. Coastline Reports (1), pp. 149-152. 2004.


Several stretches of dikes in Lower Saxony are not high enough and have to be strengthened. Additional coastal protection activities will be necessary on account of the rising sea level. As a result, increasing spatial problems will follow because every coastal protection measure needs space and the increasing demand for clay occupies further space too. The coastal region has a mainly rural structure with an economic focus on farming and tourism. Especially the present land use with residential and industrial areas behind the dikes along the Weser estuary makes it impossible to raise the dikes again and again. Also, due to the nature conservation regulations, the raise of dikes at the seaward side is basically out of the question. Spatial planning is of great importance because of its integrative nature. It is able to support the control of land use, the reservation of areas and the avoidance of undesirable developments. It will help to gain enough time to launch a social discussion about the future strategy in coastal protection and to evolve regionally adapted solutions. The development of buffer zones with rear second dike lines combined with adapted land use including farming, tourism and water management is one possible variant and may become a component of a sustainable and reasonable coastal protection strategy in Lower Saxony.

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