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Dunes and dune management along the North Sea coasts
Westhoff, V. (1989). Dunes and dune management along the North Sea coasts, in: van der Meulen, F. et al. (Ed.) Perspectives in coastal dune management: proceedings of the European Symposium Leiden, September 7-11, 1987 The Netherlands. pp. 41-51
In: van der Meulen, F.; Jungerius, P.D.; Visser, J. (Ed.) (1989). Perspectives in coastal dune management: proceedings of the European Symposium Leiden, September 7-11, 1987 The Netherlands. SPB Academic Publishing: Den Haag. ISBN 90-5103-025-8. 334 pp., more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Dunes; Ecology; Nature conservation; ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Westhoff, V.

Abstract
    The general environmental characteristics of the North Sea coastal dunes are outlined and their nature management is discussed. A right and integrated nature management of coastal dunes cannot consist of striving at a so-called natural situation, whatever that may be. It should strive at the safeguarding and, if possible, promotion of an optimal diversity in life forms, species and ecosystems. The problem is to adjust the right human interference on the right place and in the right time. What is right and what is wrong, can only be concluded by adequate ecological research. In the present situation of the dune landscape, increasing of dune mobility as well as local reintroduction of extensive grazing are valuable management tools complementing each other.

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