Kick-off meeting and first ILEEE of the project CHERISH

In November the partners of the newly launched project CHERISH (Creating opportunities for regional growth through promoting Cultural HERitage of fISHing communities in Europe) met in Middelburg, the Netherlands. During the kick-off meeting and the first ‚International Learning and Exchange of Experience Event‘ (ILEEE) the project partners and stakeholders from nine different European regions discussed the possibilities how improved regional development policies can help to protect and promote cultural heritage in European fishing communities in order to maintain the heritage and to boost the attractiveness of these regions for businesses, citizens and tourists.

Besides background information about CHERISH, the political situation in the hosting region and an introduction round of the project consortium, numerous practice-oriented lectures from local entrepreneurs enriched the agenda. It was presented how the reawaking of traditional knitting patterns for fishing clothes can contribute to the income of the local community and how the appreciation of the local people for the cultural heritage of the fishing traditions is incidentally raised. Examples from the gastronomic sector and of the usage of by-products from the local fishery – like oyster shells and fish skin – for new products were presented as well. Another way to inform the participants about the varied attempts of the municipality of Middelburg to protect the cultural fishery heritage was an excursion to an old traditional boatyard at the second day of the ILEEE.

Please check the CHERISH webpage for more information about the project and the past events and stay tuned via our YouTube and Twitter channel, our newsletter or the EUCC-D webpage.

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The main objective of CHERISH is to improve regional development policies to protect and promote cultural heritage in fishing communities. Fishery communities in the EU share the same challenges with regard to climate change, tourism pressure and the transformation of the European fishing industry. The EU recognizes the valuable role of the cultural heritage for sustainable development and stimulates increased efforts to better position and profile the fishing communities, including their intangible heritage, like myths to daily practices, traditions, ecological knowledge and crafts. Through the development and implementation of new strategies utilising cultural assets of fishing communities new jobs and new products or services are created as well.

Interregional cooperation and policy learning will allow exchange of experiences on the development of policy for the protection and promotion of cultural heritage in fishing communities via the integration of the lessons learnt into the regional policies. EUCC-D is an advisory partner in the project CHERISH and responsible for the stakeholder involvement and communication support.

Duration: 06/2018 – 05/2023

Funding: Interreg Europe Programme 2014-2020, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

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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