Spring is here and floating islands awaking

DSC09648.JPGAfter installing and planting the floating macrophyte islands in spring 2019, we can see how different environmental factors and treatments affect the survival and condition of plants. In Lithuania the most important factors seem to be the inserted plants density, the hydrodynamic conditions on site and harvesting. Denser vegetation tolerates clear cut rather well, while damaged parts of island by wave action should be fixed, re-planted and placed back to its original location. The cleared space on the island was very attractive for resting bids over the winter. This year we will install a web camera to have a closer view on bird life on the island.

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In Germany the first monitoring of island performance over winter showed that the island made of thermo-treaded wood survived very well. The buoyancy seems to be very efficient. Also after harvesting the above ground biomass in autumn last year, plant start to re-establish.

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More information on floating macrophyte islands and the project LiveLagoons you can find here.

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CHERISH mid-term meeting in Rostock

On January 30th, the CHERISH Steering Committee meeting was held in Rostock, Germany. Hosted by EUCC-D, advisory partner in the project, the meeting gave all the partners the opportunity to discuss the progress made so far and to think about how to best prepare for the upcoming phase.

During this intensive day, CHERISH partners mainly concentrated on the best practices analysed during the last ILEEEs. The good practices observed so far, reflect innovative and sustainable ways of integrating and preserving the heritage of fishing communities in different sectors such as gastronomy, tourism, research and social projects. For all the partners, the challenge is now to find a way to transfer and integrate those experiences in their own regions.

Other topics such as stakeholder involvement, the communication and the work plans, reporting issues and the planning of future events were also on the agenda.

Last but not least, the photo exhibition related to the photo competition held in summer was also presented to the partners. We are looking forward to have it displayed in our partner regions starting with the opening ceremony in Mallorca, during our next ILEEE in April!

More information about the Project can be found under: https://www.eucc-d.de/current-projects/articles/cherish-en.html, on CHERISH Website, on Twitter and in the Project´s Newsletter.

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Funding: Interreg Europe Programme 2014-2020, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Duration: 06/2018 – 05/2023

Crowed funding on Nutribute

Until May 2020 the LiveLagoons project runs a crowed funding campaign on the Nutribute platform. With this voluntary financing scheme money will be collected for a floating island in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

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Klaipeda city contains fortification fragments (such as reconstructed Jonas Hill, Goldern’s bastion of 17th century) that are nowadays used as popular visiting sites close to the old town and new built living houses. Enclosed embayment suffers from limited exchange of water with the main Dane River canal as well as accumulating nutrients and poor water quality. Therefore, the floating mats could be an extra space for plant growth with water restoration effects.

The floating island of the total area of ~28 m2 would be installed in Dane River or river embayment. For an island we will need a sum of ~10 000 euros, which we have within LiveLagoons project funds. In addition, we need to collect 2000 euros as maintenance costs for 3 years, which includes costs for mooring, planting, harvesting, replanting the damaged vegetation ect.. We have this price estimation as a result of experience based on the already installed islands in the Curonian Lagoon.

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Museums, Seaweed and Social projects

The fourth ILEEE of the Interreg Europe Project CHERISH took place in Viana do Castelo Portugal on October 23rd-24th.

The City of Viana do Castelo is placed along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the Region of Alto Minho. The region has been recognized as one of the most sustainable tourist destinations in World, is known to host some of the stages of the way of Saint James but also has a strong fishing tradition which we had the pleasure to discover during our stay.

Our attention focused on three good practices that we had the chance to assess. We first visited the ship Museum Gli Eannes which is a symbol for the fishing culture and the shipbuilding tradition. The second museum we visited was the Aquamuseu do Rio Minho which focuses on the natural heritage of the river basin and the ethnographic heritage linked to the artisanal fishing in the Rio Minho.
Last but not at least we were welcomed by the team of the project AMAReMAR.  This initiative is developed in the Municipality of Esponsende to offer valuable leisure activities such as theatre, paintings, and sewing workshops to informally support social integration in fishery communities.

On the second day, we learned about the ancient tradition of the seaweed harvesting. This activity was once very popular among the farmers of the area as they were using the seaweed as fertilizer for their fields but is now carried out only by one lady, who we had the pleasure to meet.

Her deep understanding of the environment introduced us to the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) workshop carried out by our partner of SnowChange. Every partner reflected on the significance of TEK, present some case studies and learn how to deal with this important but still too less known dimension of our heritage.

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As always, stakeholders from different partner regions joined us during the meeting. Their participation is fundamental for the transferability of good practices and to strengthen the cooperation.

The next meeting will be in Mallorca in Spring 2020, the CHERISH team will meet again in Rostock to discuss the progress made so far and plan the for the years to come.

More information about the Project can be found under: https://www.eucc-d.de/current-projects/articles/cherish-en.html, on CHERISH Website, on Twitter and in the Project´s Newsletter.

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Plants harvesting time

To maximize nutrient removal efficiency of floating wetlands also the timing of plant harvest is crucial. Perennial macrophytes move their nutrients into the roots when senescence starts in autumn. To be most effective, harvest should be in (late) summer. Not only nutrient concentrations in different plant species are important, but also biomass development and thus total nutrient stocks.

This year the islands were harvested during September in the project LiveLagoons. Before the islands were installed in spring the initial nutrient concentrations were determined per plant species. When harvesting the nutrient concentrations will be analyzed again to underline which and how much nutrients the plants took up during the season. The results will show which plants will be most efficient to take up nutrients.

Before and after plant harvest in Germany and Lithuania.

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Visualization of islands installation techniques and plant developments

On September 22nd one of the main thoroughfares was closed for traffic in the city center of Rostock (Germany). There, initiatives which are active regarding a sustainable future could present. LiveLagoons was also presenting the idea behind the project. Photo collages showed the different floating islands types, how they were installed and how they and the plants developed during the season. The visitors could choose and justify which kind of island they would prefer.

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CHERISH partner meeting in Abruzzo, Italy

At the beginning of July the third ILEEE “International Learning and Exchange of Experience Event” within the project CHERISH took place in Pescara, Italy.

During the two intensive days, our hosting partners together with their stakeholders presented different best practice examples. The participants could learn about the fishing traditions in the Ecomuseum in Martinsicuro, have a fantastic fishing tourism experience aboard local fishing vessels and visit the trabocchi, the old wooden fishing machines that are typical in Abruzzo region.

Interesting presentations, storytelling experiences and conversations with the local community have also been constant parts during the whole meeting.

This was possible thanks to the close cooperation with the local FLAGS (Costa dei Trabocchi, FLAG Costa Blu and FLAG Costa di Pescara) and the other stakeholders who cooperate in the project.

Moreover, as highlighted by Mr. Valerio Cavallucci during his interview as well as by the hosting partners, these two days caught the essence of the meaning of ILEEE events. On one side, the visiting partners could appreciate and learn from the local practices and, on the other side, the hosting region will benefit from the constructive remarks that the team of external coastal experts provided after visiting the region.

The next ILEEE will take place in Viana du Castelo (Portugal) at the end of October.

More information about the project CHERISH can be found at: https://www.interregeurope.eu/cherish/

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