Beach management is in Warnemünde closely linked to tourism, the main economic activity in this part of the German Baltic coast. The accumulation of sand, due to the presence of a perpendicular pier to the coastline, makes beach and dunes growing. The management consists of flattening the dunes by bulldozer in order to control their height and to maintain the view on the sea from the promenade. Nature preservation and tourist stakeholders found an agreement, but this agreement is now threaten by individual interests. Local authorities and researchers attempted to set up in 2002 an ICZM-program for the coastal strip Warnemünde-Kühlungsborn (30km), but it was given up for financial reasons. The priorities of this pilot study were dumping, tourism (yachting) and coastal preservation.
Beach management in practice, Beach protection, Dune maintenance, Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)