Spectacular landscape footage and glimpses into international conferences and events are combined with coastal expert interviews to illustrate how the Systems Approach Framework (SAF) can be applied to find sustainable solutions for integrated coastal zone management. In the past stakeholders were often not involved in decision-making. It’s time to change that! A holistic approach needs to be applied that integrates all relevant ecosystem services and all stakeholders (including also local resource users such as traditional fishermen). Prof. Gerald Schernewski points out that practitioners are the key as they are the ones knowing the problems best and also have to implement the solutions. The SAF helps to increase the speed of identification of a problem to its solution.
The project BONUS BaltCoast aimed at finding the right balance between human needs and environmental protection. Environmental, social as well as economic aspects have to be considered and cost-benefits analysis was an important part of the case studies. For example in the Vistula lagoon the expansion of water tourism is extremely important for the economic development of the region. However, marina enlargements or new shipping channels for tourism purposes raise new questions: Where is dredging needed? How much does it cost? What to do with the dredged material? Modeling, as part of the five-step SAF, helps to understand the effects of dredging under different scenarios. But a case study does not stand solely but is always seen in context to other Baltic coastal areas. A comparison was for example made with the Szczecin lagoon and how coastal authorities deal there with dredged material.
The film circulates also around the questions: How can stakeholders use scientific data? How can scientists translate their findings into a language everyone can understand – from local people to local authorities? The BaltCoast film concludes with impressions of the two international summer schools that were held during these exciting past years and lets young students have the final say….the next generation has to take the lead!
More information about the project: http://www.baltcoast.net/
Take a look: https://youtu.be/V5D-7BlJX9w
BONUS BALTCOAST project has received funding from BONUS (Art 185), funded jointly by the EU and Baltic Sea national funding institutions.