Under the name ‘Golden Land’ ideas will be implemented in the future to keep the area between Kimswerd and Zurich livable. Landscape architect Peter de Ruyter presented a plan in Kimswerd on Wednesday evening about how issues such as climate change and biodiversity can be linked to initiatives from the region itself, such as more cultural-historical tourism.

In this way people have to get involved in the project, which eventually in 2030 should shape the old Marneslenk area. For example, an information center will be set up in Pingjum. Other ideas are to plant old sea dykes in the region with flowers and commission artists to brighten up the area. There is also a plan to grow salt crops. The aim is to get more variation in plants and animals.

The area between Kimswerd and Zurich will become the Golden Land
The area between Kimswerd and Zurich will become the Golden Land
A representative of Wetterskip Fryslân told during the presentation evening about the consequences of a higher sea level. Together with the State, Wetterskip Fryslân is investing 400 million euros in the improvement of the Wadden Sea dike. The Golden Land Foundation is set up to see how the region can benefit from it. People from the village interests of Kimswerd, Arum, Pingjum, Witmarsum and Zurich will work together in the foundation.
Photo: Omrop Fryslân, Ronnie Porte

The plan will be offered in two weeks to the municipality of Súdwest-Fryslân. The intention is that it, together with the Wadden Fund, the province and the CH2018 project Sense of Place, will finance Golden Land.

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