The Marker Wadden

The Marker Wadden

The Marker Wadden is a nature restoration plan by Natuurmonumenten for the Markermeer. The aquatic ecosystem of the Markermeer is obstructed because of the turbidity of the water, caused by fine-grained sediments. Dredgers should excavate metre deep channels where fine-grained sediments can settle and be dredged up again. This ‘sediment engine’ should act like a vacuum cleaner that clears the murky water.

The fine-grained sediments should be used as a building material for the development of swampy islands with natural embankments in the Markermeer. This is thought to be beneficial for plants, fish, birds, nature lovers and recreationists. Building with fine-grained sediments to bring about more nature and biodiversity has never been seen or done in this way before.

Commencement of first phase 2015, completion 2020