Moving Beyond the Hard Boundary: Overcoming the nature-culture divide in the Dutch Wadden Sea area

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to assess the consequences of a nature-culture divide in spatial policy on cultural heritage in the Dutch Wadden Sea area, which is protected by UNESCO for its ecological assets.

Design/methodology/approach
This paper investigates this by discussing the international and national policy frameworks and regional examples of the consequences of the divide.

Findings
The effects of the nature-culture divide appear to be negative for the landscape. Approaching the Wadden Sea Region as an agricultural-maritime landscape could help overcome the fixation on nature vs culture and the hardness of the sea dikes as spatial boundaries between the two domains. A reconsideration of the trilateral Wadden Sea region as a mixed World Heritage Site could lead to a more integrated perspective.

Originality/value
These findings inform policy development and the management of landscape and heritage in the region. This case forms an example for other European coastal regions that struggle with conflicting natural and cultural-historical interests.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberhttps://doi.org/10.1108/JCHMSD-12-2016-0067
Pages (from-to)62-73
Number of pages12
JournalCultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2018

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