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Cookies Statement
The World Heritage Centre Wadden Sea Foundation makes use of JavaScript, cookies and web beacons to facilitate web browsing behaviour. We have formulated this cookie statement because it is important that everyone knows what is being stored on his/her computer. Of the three mentioned above, only cookies are stored on the computer.

Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer when visiting our website. Functioning of the website will improve precisely because these cookies are stored. Furthermore, a lot of information can be extracted from the cookies in order to optimise the website.

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Advantages of accepting cookies
Essentially, JavaScript, cookies and web beacons work together to make your internet experience as easy as possible. By accepting these techniques your browsing experience on our web pages is optimised. For the web user this means the following:

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What cookies can you find on our website?
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These cookies keep a website functional. Placing functional cookies on the website is standard procedure to ensure that the website continues to work properly. The functional cookies that can be found on our website are:

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World Heritage Centre Wadden Sea Foundation processes personal data. We do this to assist you in the best possible manner. In this privacy statement we try to sketch a clear picture detailing what happens to personal data. Eb & Vloed follows the rules as laid down in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). If there are any unanswered questions after reading this document, please email these to

What is personal data?
Personal data are any information relating to an identified or identifiable person. Examples of personal data are: name, date of birth, home address, and domicile. This information is shared whenever an order is placed or when an account is created on the website.

Why do we process personal data?
Personal data are used for different purposes. The most important purpose is to finalise an order. Personal data are required for delivering the order to the right address and to correctly process payment of the order. In addition, personal data are stored to allow us to reach out to you in case a problem arises with your order.

What type of personal data do we process?
We process personal information for various purposes. Since this information is left behind in different places, we have compiled a list of all the personal data that are stored:


What do we need it for?

First and last name

These are required for moments of contact and delivery.

E-mail address

The email address is required for all our email contact.

Home address and domicile

The home address and domicile are required for delivering the order to the right place.

Payment details

The payment details are required for processing, administering and verifying the payment.

Telephone number

This allows us to establish contact quickly in case of uncertainties about an order.


This is used to adapt a website according to personal preference and allows us to intervene in case of abuse of the website.

We use the personal data for the following purposes:

Customer service

Customer data are left behind for us to know who we can contact and in what manner.


Newsletters are only sent out if and when permission has been granted to do so. It is just as easy to subscribe, as it is to unsubscribe, for the newsletter.

We do not intend to store and process personal information of people younger than 16 years of age. However, we are not always capable of controlling whether the person placing an order is in fact 16 years or older. In case you suspect that personal data are being stored of someone younger than 16, we would like to be informed. For the matter to be dealt with, send an email to

The World Heritage Centre Wadden Sea Foundation makes use of functional, analytical, social media and advertising cookies. More information about cookies can be found on the cookies page.

Access and right to rectification
As stated in the Personal Data Protection Act, you always have the right to access your personal information and make the necessary changes. For access and rectification, you can email

How long do we store personal data?
We do not store personal data longer than necessary. The information recorded when placing an order will be removed from our system 30 days after the order. Personal data that are linked to an account are stored as long as the account remains active. In addition, you can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any moment, after which that information will also be removed immediately.


You can visit our website without telling us who you are or sharing any information about yourself. However, in some situations we may need information from you. Say, for example, that we need to correspond with you or deal with a question you have asked or process an application. We will always make every effort to let you know before we look for personal information online.
This website uses a counter to keep track of the number of visitors to the site, the websites they have used and via which provider they have accessed internet. The results are reported in aggregate form only and cannot be traced back to individuals. Collected data will not be sold - or made available - to third parties other than in exceptional circumstances, e.g. because of a legal requirement. And remember: you can instruct us to remove your details from our database at any time.

Other legal information
The World Heritage Centre Wadden Sea Foundation takes the utmost care when producing, compiling and distributing the information on this website, but cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information in any way.
The Wadden Sea World Heritage Centre Foundation accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any form of damage caused by the use of - or incompleteness of – the information provided on this website.
The information and recommendations on this website can be amended without prior warning or notification.The copyright to this website is owned by the World Heritage Centre Wadden Sea Foundation or the third parties who made these visual and other materials available to the Wadden Sea Heritage Centre with prior permission. Duplication in whatever form may not take place without the prior permission of the World Heritage Centre Wadden SeaFoundation.


The Foundation
The stated objective of the World Heritage Centre Wadden SeaFoundation (Stichting Werelderfgoedcentrum Waddenzee) is to give a qualitative boost to the ecology and economy of the Wadden area. To this end, we are committed to promoting understanding of - and support for - the preservation of nature and natural processes and to strengthening the sustainable economy in the Lauwersoog area.

The World Heritage Centre Wadden Sea Foundation and the Sealcentre Pieterburen Foundation are under the same leadership.

Our objective is to give a sustainable qualitative boost to the ecology and economy of the Wadden Sea area. To this end, we are committed to promoting understanding of - and support for - the preservation of nature and natural processes and to strengthening the sustainable economy in the Lauwersoog area.

2 The Foundation aims to achieve its objective with the help of the following:
a. exhibitions and awareness-raising initiatives;
b. innovation and education;
c. indoor and outdoor ‘Experience’ routes;
d. promotion;
e. research;
f. a wide range of resources that can be used to support the above activities.

3. The Foundation is a non-profit organization.

4. Collective labour agreement and salary structure:
a. The salaries of the staff of the Wadden Sea World Heritage Centre Foundation are regularly benchmarked against the salaries of staff employed by other similar organizations. The remuneration policy is reviewed periodically.
b. The Dutch Fundraising Institutions Association (VFI) guidelines and the Code of Governance for Charitable Organizations (Code Wijffels) govern the remuneration policy and the setting of the director’s salary.

c. The staff of the World Heritage Centre Foundation are employed by the Sealcentre Pieterburen Foundation. Since the two organizations form a personal union, the director does not receive a salary from the World Heritage Centre Foundation.

ANBI Status
On 1 January 2017, the Dutch tax authorities granted the World Heritage Centre Wadden Sea ‘ANBI’ status, which means that it was officially recognized as a charitable organization. The advantage to people wishing to make donations is that their gifts are tax-deductible. In 2013, the Dutch government ruled that in order to acquire or keep ANBI status, charitable organizations are required by law to publish certain information on internet. This is why we have included the above information about the World Heritage Centre Wadden SeaFoundation on our website.

We have a formal procedure for dealing with official complaints. Official complaints should be sent to and should include the following information:

- Name, address and email address of complainant
- Description of complaint
- Date of the incident to which the complaint is related.

Policy plan (Dutch)
Project plan
of the World Heritage Centre Wadden Sea

Annual report (Dutch)
Annual report 2016
Annual report 2017

Annual report 2018

Annual report 2019

Annual report 2020

Een samenvatting van het meest recente jaarverslag vindt u hier.

Activities (Dutch)