Protections and Designations

The Wadden Sea has been designated both as a Danish national park and as a World Heritage Site on UNESCO's World Heritage List. In addition, the Wadden Sea is regulated by a number of laws and directives.

No entry sign at Langli in Ho Bay. Foto: John Colin Seymour Jr.

The Wadden Sea is designated as both a Danish National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, the Wadden Sea is regulated by a number of laws and directives.

The Wadden Sea's unique nature and cultural history and protections have earned the area designations as a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the same time, the Wadden Sea is one of the most regulated nature areas in Denmark, which helps to protect nature.

As a starting point, the entire Wadden Sea National Park is open to the general public. Some areas will be closed to traffic for all or part of the year to protect particularly vulnerable wildlife and nature. You can orientate yourself on signs and maps.

However, the Wadden Sea National Park is not an authority and does not enforce compliance with national and international rules, agreements, conventions and protections that include:

Read about the Wadden Sea Nature and Wildlife Reserves here

You can find information about Ramsar sites here

You can find Natura 2000 sites here, including:

In addition, many of the Wadden Sea's characteristic and special habitats are protected by the provisions of the Nature Protection Act in §3, including dune heaths, salt marshes, etc.