The Marne is a rural municipality located on the Wadden Sea World Heritage, and Lauwersmeer National Park, with lots of nature, space, peace and clean air. That is nice for tourists, but especially for the ten thousand inhabitants. Characteristic is the open mound landscape in which the villages are situated in a row on salt marshes along the old coastline. In De Marne you will not find high-rise flats, traffic jams, or industrial pollution. You will find friendly houses with gardens in cozy villages. And nature is always within reach.
Together with partners Groningen province, the municipality of De Marne, Staatsbosbeheer and Seal Center Pieterburen, Except developed the concept for the World Heritage Center for the Wadden Sea in Lauwersoog. The concept has the ambition to bring 250.000 new visitors to the region, that will experience and become aware of the intrinsic value of the Wadden Sea and the Lauwersmeer.
The center boosts the local economy by generating more visitors and income for the region. It is an international example of sustainability, and its achievements add to its global fame. Following our concept, in 2018 the center was financed with € 29 million and an architectural design was made by Dorte Mandrup.