Committees for cooperation
The Master Plan Ems 2050 designates various committees and task forces, as well as a branch office, that aim to prepare and ensure technical measures that equally consider the interests of the contract partners and regional players.
1. Ems Steering Committee
The Ems Steering Committee is the central body for the implementation of the Master Plan Ems 2050. All contract partners are high-priority. It convenes at least once per year and is chaired by the State Chancellery of Lower Saxony. The Ems Steering Committee:
- is responsible for achieving the goals of the contract and regularly assesses the achievement of these goals
- makes decisions concerning the implementation of measures
- appoints task forces
- makes public relations decisions.
The Ems Steering Committee makes all decisions unanimously.
2. Ems Branch Office
The Ems Branch Office is located at the Federal Commissioner's Office for Regional State Development Weser-Ems. It supports the Ems Steering Committee, prepares the meetings of the Steering Committee, ensures an exchange of information between the various task forces of the Master Plan Ems 2050, and compiles progress reports on the implementation of the Master Plan Ems 2050 for the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee may also assign it additional tasks as needed.
One of the Ems Branch Office's special roles is tending to press and public relations work for the Master Plan Ems 2050.
3. Task Force "Hydraulic Engineering Measures/Other Measures and Concepts"
This Task Force was appointed by the Steering Committee to develop and accompany the measures defined by the Master Plan Ems 2050, and to submit these to the Steering Committee for a decision (as per Article 10 paragraph 9 and Article 13 paragraph 5, Master Plan Ems 2050). The Task Force is chaired by the State of Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy, and Climate Protection. All contract partners are represented in the Task Force. The respective professionals from the contract partners' operational level work together on the Task Force to develop and discuss the measures stipulated in the Master Plan Ems 2050, and to prepare these measures for a decision by the Steering Committee.
The Task Force meets on a regular basis every 3 months or so.
4. Task Force "Prospective Process for Ship Crossovers"
This Task Force was appointed by the Steering Committee and has been meeting regularly at 6-week intervals since 18.5.2015. It is chiefly responsible for the preliminary development of suitable minimisation, compensation, and consistency measures of prospective necessary, additional permit processes for Meyer Werft ship crossovers for the sufficient consideration of the requirements of environmental conservation. Special attention shall be paid to bird conservation (cf. Article 18 of the Master Plan Ems 2050). The results shall serve to swiftly achieve mutual solutions in any permit processes. However, the results may not forestall or even replace the required formal permit process. The primary objective is to make ecological and economic interests in the Ems region compliant with the contract goals.
The State of Lower Saxony Ministry for the Economy, Labour, and Transportation chairs this Task Force. All contract partners are represented in the Task Force.
5. Steering Board for Land Management
The Steering Board for Land Management, chaired by the Office for Regional State Development Weser-Ems, was established to consider regional interests during the acquisition of land for the implementation of the Master Plan.
This Steering Board consists of:
- the three affected state districts (Emsland, Leer, Aurich) and the city of Emden,
- the representatives of the three environmental associations involved in the Master Plan (NABU, BUND, WWF),
- the State of Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture,
- the Lower Saxony State Organisation for Water Management, Coast and Nature Conservation (NLWKN),
- two representatives of regional water and land associations and embankment groups (Rheider Embankment Committee, Oldersum Drainage Association), and
- five regional representatives of agricultural interest groups (Chief Agricultural Society of Eastern Friesland, Society of Rural Residents of Emsland, Association of Rural Agriculture AbL Lower Saxony/Bremen, Federal Association of German Dairy Farmers, and Lower Saxony Rural Youth), as well as the Office for Regional State Development Weser-Ems (chair).
One of the Board's chief objectives is maintaining a balanced distribution of land throughout the entire overriding survey area. The Steering Board meets on a regular basis.
6. Public Relations Task Force
A Public Relations Task Force was formed and is chaired by the Office for Regional State Development Weser-Ems. Given the number of equally authorised contract partners representing various economic, ecological, and regional interests in the area, it is necessary to ensure coordinated public relations for the Master Plan Ems 2050 that considers all interests equally. The Task Force thereby supports the Ems Branch Office at the Office for Regional State Development, itself responsible for public relations for the Master Plan Ems 2050, and also drafts all conceptual public relations decisions for the Steering Committee. The operational level of all contract partners is represented in the Task Force, which meets on a regular basis.