Three Year BaltCoast Project for Coastal Management Begins

BaltCoast is a new IBaltcoast_kick-off_LogosCZM project that takes an interdisciplinary approach to management of the Baltic Sea. The ultimate objective of the project is to develop a holistic and systematic management approach to tackle complex coastal issues. Specifically, BaltCoast applies the Systems Approach Framework (SAF) to different case studies that reflect current management challenges throughout the Baltic. The project aims to create transferable, user-friendly tools that integrate ecosystem capacity, environmental forcing, human activities, and political processes. The project is coordinated by the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde and will run for three years with a budget of three million euros. BaltCoast has received funding from BONUS (Art 185), funded jointly from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration, and from Baltic Sea national funding institutions.
In April, the BaltCoast project commenced with a kick-off meeting held in Warnemünde, Germany. Participants came from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and the United States. An ICZM student course through Klaipeda University was also held in conjunction with the kick-off. Participants heard presentations about current issues in Baltic Sea, management strategies, the Systems Approach Framework, and specific case studies. The collaborative conference allowed members to discuss future projects and even partake on an excursion to the Szczecin / Oder Lagoon. Members of the BaltCoast project will reconvene at the Baltic Sea Science Conference in Riga, Latvia, in June 2015. Please visit http://www.baltcoast.net for further news and information about the project.

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