Green islands in blue lagoons

This summer the Interreg South Baltic project LiveLagoons started and it aims at improving the water quality in eutrophicated lagoons by the use of innovative floating wetlands for nutrient removal.

On the 14th and 15th of September 2017 the project kick-off meeting was held in Gdansk, Poland. Rain showers did not prevent the project partners from Lithuania, Poland and Germany to carry out their first site excursion to the Bay of Puck. After an introduction and a walking tour with the major Hanna Pruchniewska, the LiveLagoons crew started taking first samples during the boat trip for water quality analyses. In spring 2018 the first “green islands” will be installed in Puck Bay. Emergent macrophytes such as sedges, reed or rushes are planted on floating mats and contribute in many ways to improving the quality of the water. The macrophyte islands are able to adsorb and remove nutrients from the water, attenuate waves and water flow, hence promote sedimentation and sediment stability, create diverse habitats for microbes, birds and insects and can be an aesthetic “eye-catcher” for residents and tourists in coastal regions.


The LiveLagoons project, which runs until summer 2020, is coordinated by the University of Klaipeda (Lithuania). Other project partners are EUCC – The Coastal Union Germany e.V., IBW PAN Institute Of Hydro-Engineering of the Polish Academy Of Sciences, the Municipality of Puck and the National Park Office of the Curonian Spit. The next project meeting will take place in Nida at the end of May 2018, where associated project partners such as the environment agencies or interested coastal communities are invited to explore two different types of floating macrophyte islands on site.


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Duration: 2017 August 1 – 2020 July 31

Funded by: Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020


The new “Meer & Küste” magazine is now available

The “Meer & Küste” (Sea & Coast) magazine informing interested tourists, coastal residents and professionals about coastal angling, sustainable tourism and climate change has been published by The Coastal Union Germany (EUCC-D).


The new “Meer & Küste” (Sea & Coast) magazine has been published by The Coastal Union Germany (EUCC-D). With this informational magazine the EUCC-D seeks to inform the wide public about the current condition, problems, possible solutions and developments regarding the Baltic Sea and its coasts. The magazine addresses tourists, coastal residents, those interested in our coasts and coastal professionals.

The current issue deals mainly with sustainability in terms of tourism and recreational fishing. The articles written by experts from practice and science are e.g. about the potential of a sustainable angling tourism within the Baltic Sea Region, the cod quota for recreational fishermen, catch & release, angling camps for children and adolescents, climate change impacts on fish stocks, river re-naturalization and stocking measures. Furthermore some articles focus on nature conservation efforts, sustainable tourism in general and adaptive strategies concerning climate change impacts on coastal communities, to reach a broad readership by varied and interesting topics.

The “Meer & Küste” magazine is an important part of the German stakeholder information about sustainable coastal angling and the realization was financially supported by the CATCH project. It has a circulation of 35.000 copies and is freely available in angling shops, tourist information centers, environmental education groups, scientific institutions and civil offices along the German Baltic coast.

The recent magazine and all previous issues are also directly available on our EUCC-D webpage.


Within the project CATCH (Coastal Angling Tourism – a development chance for the South Baltic Region) a cross-border concept for a sustainable coastal angling tourism will be developed. In this regard CATCH will analyze the supply and demand structures of coastal angling tourism at the Baltic Sea, identify examples of successful angling tourism concepts and combine them with future development goals. On this basis, together with coastal stakeholders concepts for sustainable coastal angling tourism will be evolved, taking into account social, economic and ecological aspects. Information on relevant products, angling spots and stakeholders will be bundled and marketed on a multilingual online platform.

Project Partners: University of Rostock (DE), EUCC – The Coastal Union Germany (DE), Municipality of Vordingborg (DK), Green Federation “GAJA” (PL), Klaipeda University (LT), Nida Culture and Tourism Information Centre “Agila” (LT) and further associated partners in Lithuania, Poland, Denmark and Germany

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Duration: 2016-2019

Funded by EU Interreg A South Baltic Programme 2014-2020, European Regional Development Fund – EFRE



A successful kick-off meeting of the newly launched project MORPHEUS

On the 30th  and 31st of May the project kick-off meeting of MORPHEUS (Model Areas for Removal of Pharmaceutical Substances in the South Baltic) was held in Kristianstad, Sweden.


The background to MORPHEUS is the constant release of pharmaceuticals and other micropollutants via wastewater treatment plants to the South Baltic Sea. The project will combine information on upstream pharmaceuticals consumption patterns with estimates of the downstream discharge of pharmaceuticals from a few selected wastewater treatment plants located in the coastal regions Skåne (Sweden), Mecklenburg (Germany), Klaipeda (Lithuania) and Pomerania (Poland). Additionally an inventory of the status of existing treatment technologies will be made available. This information will aid wastewater treatment plants and authorities in a future implementation of the most suitable advanced treatment technology, thereby improving the water quality of the South Baltic Sea.

At the kick-off meeting in Kristianstad the participants got an overview of the planned activities in MORPHEUS as well as an introduction to the chemical analysis of pharmaceuticals, which will be done in the laboratory at Kristianstad University, named MoLab. The program included a guided tour to Kristianstads wastewater treatment plant and an advanced treatment pilot plant. This pilot plant consist of a granular activated carbon filter, and removes 99% of the pharmaceuticals from the treated water that enters the Hammarsjön and the Baltic Sea.

MORPHEUS runs from 1-2017 to 12-2019 and is co-financed by the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020 | European Regional Development Fund. The project is as part of the BSR pharmaceuticals platform a flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region.

Lead Partner: Kristianstad University (SE)

Project Partners: EUCC – The Coastal Union Germany (DE), University of Rostock (DE), Gdansk Water Foundation (PL), Gdansk University of Technology (PL), Environmental Protection Agency (LT), Klaipeda University (LT).

Contact: Erland Björklund, Kristianstad University,

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Beach wrack symposium at the German Baltic Sea

Washed up beach wrack poses a financial and organizational challenge to the coastal communities at the German Baltic Sea coast.

The German Baltic Sea coast along Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is highly diversified, reaching from steep cliffs to white beaches or forests covering the shore. The region is an attractive destination and tourism is the driving economic factor especially in coastal resorts. The tourist numbers have almost doubled within the last 10 years. But not only the tourist numbers are increasing, their expectations are rising as well, esp. in regard to beach quality. This refers to marine litter, but also to beach wrack, which mainly consists of seaweed and algae. Therefore, the coastal municipalities remove the beach wrack from their beaches in the high season, which adds high costs to the municipality’s bill.

Other issues with beach wrack in touristic coastal municipalities include uncertainties concerning the legal framework for beach wrack removal and possibilities for further utilization of the natural resource. These problems could be exacerbated in the course of climate change and with increasing tourist numbers. Thus, EUCC – The Coastal Union Germany wants to support the coastal municipalities and other stakeholders involved by tackling the issue. The first step was a symposium on the topic of beach wrack including all relevant stakeholders as part of the lighthouse project “KliWaKom” (Communication of climate change in coastal communities).

The beach wrack symposium took place on the 17th of October 2016. Around 50 stakeholders and interested parties gathered in the coastal municipality of Boltenhagen to discuss the current status and potential solutions for the beach wrack problem in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. The beach wrack symposium focused specifically on the extraction, disposal and potential future utilization of the natural resource, as well as the legal background.

In general, the stakeholders would like to see more awareness-raising measures for tourists, better cooperation and coordination between municipalities and involved authorities, a better overview of responsibilities and an optimized value-added chain.

For more information on the project visit

Photo competition “Me and my Baltic Coast”

Me_and_my_Baltic_Coast_©Vincent Ohnesorge-EUCC-DThe Baltic wide photo competition „Me and my Baltic Coast“ is inviting you to participate and submit pictures of the Baltic Coast as landscape, economic region or living environment until the 15th of September 2016.

The Baltic Sea and its coast are unique: Phenomenal nature, impressing landscapes, inspiring mirroring on the water and then there are us humans and our diverse cultures from Denmark to Estonia, reflecting the life at one of the worldwide biggest seas of brackish water. Show us this world and let us be part of it!

The photo competition “Me and my Baltic Coast” is inviting you to participate and upload your photos until the 15th of September 2016 to display the multifaceted life around the Baltic Coast and to capture the typical as well as unique moments of living at the Baltic Sea. Everybody who lives at the Baltic Coast, or is visiting, is welcome to join: coast dweller, fishermen, sailors, beach walker or water athletes.

Professional as well as amateur pictures, which display the Baltic Sea as landscape, economic region or living environment, are welcome. Everybody is welcome to implement the topics creatively. Participants can submit up to 3 pictures to the competition. An international jury will evaluate the quality and creativity of the contributions. The winning pictures will be awarded with prizes and will be part of a touring photo exhibition.

The competition is organised in the frame of the international project BONUS BaltCoast by EUCC -The Coastal Union Germany and will contemporaneously run in Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The focus of the competition lays on the development of a sustainable management of the Baltic Coast. Pictures concerning the following topics can be submitted:

  • nature, environment and biodiversity
  • life and work at the sea
  • economy and energy
  • tourism and recreation
  • ships and boats
  • climate, weather and the force of nature.

Everybody interested in the competition can upload their picture(s) and include some information. All pictures submitted to the competition have to originate from the Baltic Sea and/or its coastal areas.

The most significant pictures will be awarded in autumn 2016 and will receive great prizes, thanks to the generous sponsors. For instance, there will be the possibility to win a journey to an event in the Baltic region, which is arranged in the frame of BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme. Furthermore, two professional picture processing programmes, annual subscriptions to magazines or DVD’s of the “International Ocean Film Tour” will be awarded to the winners.

Partners of the competition are the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (Germany), the DTU Aqua (Denmark), the Marine Science and Technology Center Klaipeda University (Lithuania), the Institute of Ecology, Tallinn University (Estonia), the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Coastal Development, the University of Latvia (Latvia) and the Institute of Hydroengineering, Gdansk (Poland).

Detailed information about the competition, the terms of use, sponsors, etc. can be found here:


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BONUS BALTCOAST project has received funding from BONUS (Art 185), funded jointly by the EU and Baltic Sea national funding institutions.

BONUS BALTSPACE summer school on trans-boundary Maritime Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea Region

MSP_c_MaackBONUS BALTSPACE with additional funding from VASAB is organising a Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) summer school for early-career professionals and PhD students. It will take place in Klaipeda, Lithuania from 29 August to 2 September 2016.

The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) can in many respects be seen as a progressive region in terms of developing Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) aimed at sustainable use of marine space and resources. Not the least the work and collaboration of VASAB and HELCOM to develop regional policies for territorial development and good environmental status stand out as positive examples in an international comparison. Still, despite development of region-wide MSP principles and high commitments and progress to implement national MSP, several significant ‘integration’ challenges remain. In particular, trans-boundary integration – across national borders, among administrative levels within individual countries and across the land-sea divide – has been identified as a fundamental challenge.

The overarching aims of this course are to analyse how trans-boundary integration challenges play out in various MSP situations, and to explore if and how various science-based approaches and tools can be adapted to address these challenges. Trans-boundary integration in practice will also require context-specific considerations and integration of multiple policies, sectors, stakeholders and knowledges.

The course builds on the international BONUS BALTSPACE project that aims to provide science-based approaches and tools to clarify and improve the capacity of MSP in the BSR. Additionally, invited internationally renowned MSP researchers and experienced practitioners, will provide state-of-art insights from both the BSR and other marine regions in Europe.

Specific course aims:

  • To provide a state-of-art update on the academic discourse on and experience of trans-boundary MSP.
  • To provide insights into current trans-boundary MSP challenges and practices and opportunities in the BSR and in other European marine regions.
  • To provide training and reflection on science-based tools and approaches and their potential application to address trans-boundary integration in MSP.
  • To provide possibilities to expand networks with other professionals and academics engaged in MSP research and practice in the BSR and elsewhere.

Further information on how to apply and a tentative course schedule can be found at

Deadline for applications: 13 May 2016


BONUS BaltCoast at 7th EUROLAG Symposium

Bonus BaltCoast at 7th EUROLAG SymposiumDuring the EUROLAG (EUROPEAN COASTAL LAGOONS) Symposium, held from 1 to 4 March 2016 in Murcia, Spain, the BONUS BaltCoast workshop on “Integrated Coastal Zone Management – New Tools and Approaches” was organized. Based on an introduction into the Systems Approach Framework (SAF), a tool assessing coastal systems under consideration of different human activities, ecosystems capacity and environmental forcing, current aspects and results of the project work were presented. Focus was mainly on indicator application, re-analysis of best practices on ICM cases around the Baltic and the involvement of stakeholders into coastal processes. Moreover, all six case study sites presented their coastal issues and approaches in posters.

BONUS 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 October, the project will present further results within the LITTORAL conference in Biarritz, France.

Fore more information about BONUS BaltCoast project activities visit the website:

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