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.


Project webpage:

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

Project webpage:

Duration: 2016-2019

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



Littoral 2017 Conference, Liverpool, 5-7 June


We are pleased to announce our three-day international conference and excursions exploring the anthropocene and the littoral, with particular reference to the themes of ‘change, naturalness and people’. The conference will seek to examine how humans and human processes influence the littoral, and how these influences may now be viewed as natural, as much as any other natural processes.

The theme will gather all disciplines to explore current issues of relevance to the coast and will be of interest to a wide spectrum of scientists , including those from the physical sciences, climate change scientists and ecologists, social scientists, engineers, policy makers and advisers and practitioners.

The official language of the conference will be English and translation facilities will not be available.

UPDATE 31st May 2017

The first call for sessions and papers is now closed following a good response. The second and final call for sessions and papers is now open. It will close on Monday 3rd July 2017, with a response to proposals during the w/c 10th July 2017

Key dates

• Monday 3rd July 2017 – second and final call for sessions and papers: Deadline for submitting sessions (with paper and author information, including abstracts), and paper or poster proposals for open sessions.
• w/c 10th July 2017: Confirmation of acceptance of sessions for the conference programme following second and final call.
• Early June 2017: Provisional programme published. The programme will be finalised in early July 2017.
• “Early bird” prices are now available until Friday 14th July 2017, by which date all those listed on the conference programme and attending (e.g. convenors, chairs, presenting authors) should be registered

For more information, please email:
We look forward to welcoming you to the fantastic city of Liverpool!

Twitter: @Littoral_2017




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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Massive open Online Course (MOOC) ONE PLANET ONE OCEAN: Ocean Learning & Discovery – COURSE STARTS 14th June 2017!

By Magdalena AK Muir, Advisory Board Member, Climate and Global Change, EUCC

One Planet – One Ocean: From Science to Solutions is a ten-week course presenting the challenges and opportunities facing oceans today. Led by the teams at GEOMAR, the International Ocean Institute, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, and Future Ocean, the course brings in some of the world’s leading experts on ocean science to present the issues and potential solutions grounded in rigorous scientific research.
EUCC is a longstanding member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a participant in the SDG Academy.
As such, EUCC supports this MOOC as means of extending understanding and information on the Oceans Sustaibility Development Goal, and overall oceans sustainability issues within Europe and adjacent oceans and regions, and particularly with respect to climate and other global changes.

UN Oceans Conference in New York City from June 5 to 9, the Oceans Call to Action, and EUCC-Supported Side Event

By Magdalena A K Muir, Advisory Board Member, Global and Climate Change, EUCC

Given the importance of oceans to the global climate and the degree to which oceans are affected by climate changes, it is somewhat disheartening to have the UN Oceans Conference in New York City, immediately after the US has announced its withdrawal from the Paris Convention. This withdrawal and means to continue to respond to climate impacts on oceans will be front and center in the discussions in New York City in the coming week. Further reporting will also be provided during the coming week.

The UN Global Oceans Conference  will be highly attended (about 5000 participant) and first UN oceans conference which will raise the profile of oceans and focus on their sustainability internationally. The degree of participation and important of this event for the overall UN is discussed in the June 1, 2017 press conference:

The Call to Action
After three rounds of prior intergovernmental  discussions concluding on May 26, 2017, the draft Call for Action is the text of a concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration to be submitted to the Ocean Conference for discussion, revision, and formal adoption.
The text of the call for action is included  as a pdf here: 15259Final_Draft_Call_for_Action_PGA_Letter

Key areas in the Call to Action have  been of longstanding efforts for EUCC in Europe and internationally including climate change, sustainable fisheries and plastics. Some extracts from this call to action are provided below:

Climate change
4. We are particularly alarmed by the adverse impacts of climate change on the ocean, including the rise in ocean temperatures, ocean and coastal acidification, deoxygenation, sea-level rise, the decrease in polar ice coverage, coastal erosion and extreme weather events. We acknowledge the need to address the adverse impacts that impair the crucial ability of the ocean to act as climate regulator, source of marine biodiversity, and as key provider of food and nutrition, tourism and ecosystem services, and as an engine for sustainable economic development and growth. We recognise, in this regard, the particular importance of the Paris Agreement adopted under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Scientific information and assessment
10. We stress the importance of enhancing understanding of the health and role of our ocean and the stressors on its ecosystems, including through assessments on the state of the ocean, based on science and on traditional knowledge systems. We also stress the need to further increase marine scientific research to inform and support decision-making, and to promote knowledge hubs and networks to enhance the sharing of scientific data, best practices and know-how.

 Role of international agreements and conventions
11. We emphasise that our actions to implement Goal 14 should be in accordance with, reinforce and not duplicate or undermine, existing legal instruments, arrangements, processes, mechanisms or entities. We affirm the need to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want.

Development of cooperative activities including climate, fisheries and plastics
13 (i) Implement long-term and robust strategies to reduce the use of plastics and microplastics, pmticularly plastic bags and single use plastics, including by partnering with stakeholders at relevant levels to address their production, marketing and use.
13 (k) Develop and implement effective adaptation and mitigation measures that contribute to increasing and supporting resilience to ocean and coastal acidification, sea-level rise, and increase in ocean temperatures, and to addressing the other harmful impacts of climate change on the ocean as well as coastal and blue carbon ecosystems such as mangroves, tidal marshes, seagrass, and coral reefs, and wider interconnected ecosystems impacting on our ocean, and ensure the implementation of relevant obligations and commitments.
13 (I) Enhance sustainable fisheries management, including to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics, through the implementation of science-based management measures, monitoring, control and enforcement, supporting the consumption of fish sourced from sustainably managed fisheries, and through precautionary and ecosystem approaches as appropriate, as well as strengthening cooperation and coordination, including through, as appropriate, regional fisheries management organisations, bodies and arrangements.
13 (m) End destructive fishing practices and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, addressing their root causes and holding actors and beneficiaries accountable by taking appropriate actions, so as to deprive them of benefits of such activities, and effectively implementing flag State obligations as well as relevant port State obligations.
13 (n) Accelerate further work and strengthen cooperation and coordination on the development of interoperable catch documentation schemes and traceability of fish products. (o) Strengthen capacity building and technical assistance provided to small-scale and artisanal fishers in developing countries, to enable and enhance their access to marine resources and markets and improve the socio-economic situation of fishers and fish workers within the context of sustainable fisheries management.
13 (p) Act decisively to prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, including through accelerating work to complete negotiations at the World Trade Organization on this issue, recognising that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of those negotiations.

In addition to the main conference, there are many formal and informal side events. EUCC has had a longstanding cooperation with the Global Oceans Forum and supports their side event on June 8, 2017:

EUCC-Supported Side Event

The Global Ocean Forum, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, the Government of Grenada, the Government of Seychelles, the Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Ocean Policy Research Institute, Japan, it is a pleasure to invite you to participate in our Side Event on Addressing Oceans and Climate and Building the Blue Economy: Essential to SDG 14 Implementation to be held on June 8, 6:15 to 7:30 PM, Conference Room 1, and to participate in the Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action. The brochure for the side event is attached below.

Further Information

Final Draft of Call for Action
UN Global Oceans Conference
Global Ocean Forum
Brochure for EUCC Supported Side Event found here: JUNE 8 SIDE EVENT OCEANS AND CLIMATE AND BLUE ECONOMY
UN Press Conference on June 1, 2017

Other Relevant Documentation

Resolutions and decisions
A/RES/70/226 – United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
[Arabic] [Chinese] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]
A/RES/70/303 – Modalities for the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
[Arabic] [Chinese] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]
Secretary-General Reports
Background note of the Secretary-General for the preparatory process of the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
[Arabic] [Chinese] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]
Provisional agenda
Provisional agenda 
[Arabic] [Chinese] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]
Concept papers for the partnership dialogues
Concept Paper on Partnership dialogue 1: Addressing marine pollution (Advance unedited version)
Concept Paper on Partnership dialogue 2: Managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems (Advance unedited version)
Concept Paper on Partnership dialogue 3: Minimizing and addressing ocean acidification (Advance unedited version)
Concept Paper on Partnership dialogue 4: Making fisheries sustainable (Advance unedited version)
Concept Paper on Partnership dialogue 5: Increasing economic benefits to small islands developing States and least developed countries and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets (Advance unedited version)
Concept Paper on Partnership dialogue 6: Increasing scientific knowledge, and developing research capacity and transfer of marine technology (Advance unedited version)
Concept Paper on Partnership dialogue 7: Enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Advance unedited version)
Draft Programme of the Partnership Dialogues

Other documents
Briefing on the United Nations high-level oceans conference 2017: The trade and development perspective (16 Jan 2017)
Concept papers for partnership dialogues
Guidance note on Voluntary Commitments for SDG 14 and The Ocean Conference
Guidance Note Partnership Dialogues
Informal briefing by the President of the General Assembly on the ongoing preparations for the Ocean Conference (13 Dec 2016)

Inputs to the SG background note
DESA – Chapter 3. The Oceans, Seas, Marine Resources and Human Well-being Nexus
DESA – TST Issues Brief: Oceans and Seas
DESA – Mapping the linkages between oceans and other Sustainable Development Goals: A preliminary exploration
DESA – How oceans- and seas-related measures contribute to the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: Local and regional experiences

A Remote Pacific Island Awash in Tons of Trash

Source: The New York Times

A survey of uninhabited Henderson Island in the South Pacific estimated that about 17.6 tons of debris had washed ashore, endangering wildlife and blighting beaches.

Trash on East Beach, Henderson Island, in the South Pacific Ocean. A new study estimated that the white sand beaches were littered with 17.6 tons of debris, deposited there by ocean currents. Credit Jennifer Lavers/Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, via European Pressphoto Agency

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