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Make the island future proof

Schiermonnikoog is one of the Wadden islands in the Netherlands. Mainly the entire island is a Natura 2000 area and a National Park. Aan area with a high biodiversity working well in a dynamic and natural system. This dynamic system is partly fixed to make sure the Island will not ‘move’. The main question is how we can use the dynamics of sedimentation and erosion to increase coastal safety and to make the island future proof.

Schiermonnikoog has the ambition to become a self-sufficient island in combination with coastal defense, its own freshwater supply, water purification, sustainable energy generation, agriculture and dynamic nature. Design agency LAMA landscape architects is working on this location.

LAMA landscape

LAMA landscape is the office of Claire Learmans and Jorryt Braaksma, based in Lier near the city of Antwerp. Since their start in 2013, the office has been very successful in developing landscape projects, on a planning scale that was quite unknown in Belgium. The office won the Belgium Public Space Prize 2020 and the Planning prize 2018. In the Netherlands LAMA works on several research projects, like the study on the process of sedimentation around the island of Schiermonnikoog, for the Wad&Design festival in 2018.