Dinner Debate: Future of green technologies for blue growth

A joint dinner in Rostock on the 13th of November 2018 allowed scientists from the Morpheus and LiveLagoons project to debate the future of green technologies for blue growth. Although the two projects from the Interreg South Baltic Programme have different research questions and aims (pharmaceuticals / eutrophication) the participants identified a variety of overlapping issues, such as the general challenge of setting up a water quality monitoring program that covers the right spatial and temporal scales, the question what to do with the residues of water treatment (e.g. biochar, harvested macrophytes) or the potential of constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment.

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EUCC with projects Morpheus and LiveLagoons at the biggest trade fair of environmental protection in eastern Europe!

The South Baltic Interreg projects Morpheus and LiveLagoons participated in the biggest trade fair of environmental protection in Poland: POL-ECO-SYSTEM (23.-25.10.2018). Exhibitors from a variety of backgrounds (business, science, politics, media…) presented innovative products and ideas around the topics water, waste, energy and air to representatives from state authorities, local companies and lager industries as well as non-governmental institutions.

During the special workshop on “Green Projects in the Interreg South Baltic Programme” on the 23rd of October the Morpheus project presented their exciting results regarding pharmaceutical substances in the southern Baltic Sea. Another presentation held by  LiveLagoons representatives debated the chances of coastal biomass utilization and the combination of nutrient reduction in coastal waters with blue-growth opportunities.

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LiveLagoons Policy Brief #1 out now!

You can find the first LiveLagoons policy brief here! The policy brief #1 provides you with background information about floating wetlands and remediation of eutrophication. It also includes valuable recommendations what to consider prior to installations and how to choose the right plant species.

The policy brief mainly aims at reaching interested coastal municipalities around the Baltic Sea which would like to improve their local water quality by using macrophytes. The following policy briefs #2 and #3 will inform you about the nutrient removal efficiency and the biodiversity aspect of floating wetlands – stay tuned until their release!

http://www.balticlagoons.net/livelagoons

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First excursion to floating wetlands

What wonderful and creative ideas come up when you mix people with different research backgrounds! Scientists from the IOW, the University of Rostock, BUND and EUCC-D discussed how floating wetland design could be ameliorated regarding sustainability and durability or which macrophytes would match different installation sites. The workshop took place at the aquaculture research institute in Born and finished with an excursion to the Nationalpark Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft.

 

Together with our cooperation partner – the Federal State Institute of Agriculture and Fishery MV – we installed the first two floating islands in the aquaculture research station in Born at the Darss-Zingst Bodden Chain (Germany). The two floating wetlands, made out of stainless steel and reed stems, were planted with a variety of native emergent macrophytes and remove phosphorus and nitrogen from the eutrophicated waters. For more information: www.balticlagoons.net/livelagoons

The new “Meer & Küste” magazine is now available!

This summer, EUCC-D publishes another issue of the magazine „Meer & Küste“ (Sea & Coast), which is now available along the German Baltic Sea coast.

The current 36 page issue deals with the topic of water quality and the manifold environmental problems that the Baltic Sea and its users are struggling with: from the burden of pharmaceutical residues to plastic waste and non-compliance of EU targets. In terms of ecological water quality, which is not to be confused with the quality of bathing water, the Baltic Sea is not in good condition. Addressing this problem, which has long been known, the authors from science, business and education present innovative approaches to improve water quality, such as mussel farms and floating wetland installations. They can support priority measures to reduce agricultural nutrient inputs and create local effects. Among other topics, further articles inform about the functions of sewage treatment plants, seagrass beds and bogs. Children are also provided for in the magazine: Within the section „Lup fragt, Experten antworten“ (Lup asks, experts answer), they can learn about the influence that urine has on the Baltic Sea and on the painting and puzzle page, they can discover the miracle of mussels.

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The magazine “Sea & Coast” is aimed at tourists, local residents and people interested in the coast, but it also appeals to experts from universities, authorities and associations. It is now available, free of charge, from numerous tourist information offices, youth hostels, (environmental) educational institutions, scientific institutions and authorities in Northern Germany. The current issue is also available online as a PDF.

The publication of this year’s magazine is mainly funded by the projects BONUS OPTIMUS, LiveLagoons and Morpheus.

Flowering and first “visitors” on our floating wetlands

We have a frequent visitor on our island 🙂 Every morning the gray heron comes along. You can also observe how dragonflies, shrimp and fish use the floating wetlands as habitats. Macrophyte islands do not only offer a chance for nutrient removal but can also be a biodiversity hotspot and habitat.

For more information about the Interreg South Baltic project: http://www.balticlagoons.net/livelagoons

 

First floating wetlands in a Baltic lagoon!

Together with our cooperation partner – the Federal State Institute of Agriculture and Fishery MV – we installed the first two floating islands in the aquaculture research station in Born at the Darss-Zingst Bodden Chain. The two floating wetlands, made out of stainless steel and reed stems, were planted with a variety of native emergent macrophytes: Typha latifolia, Schoenoplectus lacustris, Iris pseudacorus,  Bolboschoenus maritimus, Lythrum salicaria, Butomus umbellatus, Carex acutiformis and Juncus effesus. In this first year we want to find out which plants can adapt best to the special site conditions, grow well and remove most efficiently phosphorus and nitrogen from the eutrophicated waters. The islands are installed at the outlet of the aquaculture pond (sturgeon cultivation) and we will monitor the water quality as well as nutrient removal in the plant biomass. Besides fighting eutrohication, these floating wetlands create diverse habitats for microbes, birds and insects and can also be an aesthetic “eye-catcher” for residents and tourists in coastal regions once the flowering starts. We will keep you updated!

For more information: http://www.balticlagoons.net/livelagoons/

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