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The Wadden Sea as a pristine nature reserve
Reise, K. (1992). The Wadden Sea as a pristine nature reserve. Publ. Ser. Neth. Inst. Sea Res. 20: 49-53
In: Publication Series. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). NIOZ: Den Burg. ISSN 0923-330X, more

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  • Reise, K. (1992). The Wadden Sea as a pristine nature reserve, in: Dankers, N.M.J.A. et al. (Ed.) Present and Future Conservation of the Wadden Sea: Proceedings of the 7th International Wadden Sea Symposium, Ameland 1990. 20: pp. 49-53, more

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    Pristine nature is an ecological condition of the past which cannot be restored. Since glacial times, the Wadden Sea has undergone various changes and never attained any equilibrum. The modern Wadden Sea diverged irretrievably from this pristine path. An alternative to pristine nature reserves is the designation of 'zero-use nature reserves'. This concept is realistic and free from the mystifying connotations of a pristine nature. Zero-use areas should include all habitat elements of the Wadden Sea. They are essential as living, unambiguous and visible standards to compare conditions elsewhere in the Wadden Sea. Crucial is the large size of such nature reserves, and this is where ecological arguments and aesthetic feelings converge.

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