SCAPE | Zwin Nature Parc

Cultural Heritage (Cultureel Erfgoed)

Created at: 14 Apr 2017


The Zwin, an inlet connected directly to the North Sea, straddles the Belgium (Flanders)– Dutch (Zeeland) international border and has changed profoundly over time. It is this inlet that made Bruges the most important city, during several centuries, of Western Europe. Today, the territory of the Natural Reserve lies mostly in Belgium, where it is part of the municipality of Knokke-Heist.
Across centuries floods, the siltation processes and human activities (often depending on geo-political interests) shaped the Zwin area. This siltation of mud and silt is a serious problem that threads the dynamics of tides. As in other SCAPE pilots, innovative methodes will be used here to reconstruct and adapt the Zwin area.

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Arne Debruyne

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