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Island of Neuwerk in Hamburg (Germany)

The island of Neuwerk is a Hamburg district located in the middle of the Elbe estuary and, together with the islands of Nigehörn and Scharhörn, forms the district furthest from the centre of Hamburg. Around 100,000 visitors come to the island every year to marvel at the historic lighthouse, the diverse birdlife, and the seclusion. This region has always been one of the busiest shipping zones in the world.

Major challenges are related to the expected climate change impacts threatening the island’s territory and heritage; erosion caused by flooding that will affect the architectural monuments, especially along the dykes. Storms could affect the lighthouse monument.


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