Marker Wadden

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Marker Wadden
Marker Wadden is located in Netherlands
Marker Wadden
Marker Wadden
Location in the Markermeer
LocationMunicipality of Lelystad, Flevoland, Netherlands
Coordinates52°35′N 5°23′E / 52.583°N 5.383°E / 52.583; 5.383Coordinates: 52°35′N 5°23′E / 52.583°N 5.383°E / 52.583; 5.383
In clear colour, proposed islands.
The first island seen from an airplane, still a virgin island.

The Marker Wadden is an artificial archipelago in development located in the Markermeer, a lake in the Netherlands. The first island was inaugurated on 24 September 2016.[1]


The project was presented in 2012, by the Vereniging Natuurmonumenten.[2] The Dutch government, BirdLife Netherlands, ANWB and VNO-NCW are partners.[3][4]

Works on the first phase, which is mainly focused on the construction of the first island, started in April 2016,[5] Boskalis Westminster has been awarded the contract for this phase.[6]

The main aims are to create breeding grounds, islands and coast line and to improve the water ecology of the Markermeer. The project creates a wetland, comparable with the Wadden Sea (hence the name of the project), but without tides because the Markermeer is not connected to the sea and is in a fresh water environment. The new nature reserve will be accessible to tourists.

On 11 May 2016, the first square metres of land were created, which Natuurmonumenten called a "milestone". In March 2017 it was announced that four other islands should be completed before 2020.[7]


The ecologist Wouter van Dieren [nl] claimed he first had the idea in 1996 and talks about "plagiarism".[8]


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