LiveLagoons at EUROPARC 2018 conference in Scotland

The LiveLagoons project was presented at the biggest protected areas professionals’ event in Europe! The annual EUROPARC federation conference this year was organized in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. More than 600 participants from 32 countries came together to discuss topics dealing with natural heritage and cultural identity, citizens science programs, nature education or ‘green growth’ in protected areas.

There was the possibility to represent and discuss LiveLagoons project activities during the individual meetings but the best opportunity for this task was the ‘Marketplace’, where the Curonian National Park – one of the project partners – had their own stand. Floating wetlands appeared interesting and innovative to a variety of stakeholders. They wanted to know more about installation possibilities, technical specifications, laws and regulations, selected plants and project results. Plenty of things to discuss with us!

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The biggest trade fair of environmental protection in Poland is approaching!

The South Baltic Interreg projects Morpheus and LiveLagoons will participate 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…) will present 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 will present their results regarding pharmaceutical substances in the southern Baltic Sea, while the LiveLagoons project will talk about  the chances of coastal biomass utilization and the combination of nutrient reduction in coastal waters with blue-growth opportunities.

You can find more information about the biggest ecological trade fair in Poznan, Poland, here: http://www.polecosystem.pl/en

 

 

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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Newspaper article and TV report on pilot installation for future beach in Nida, Lithuania

Curonian Spit National Park Administration (KNNP) started preparation works to open beach in the Curonian Lagoon, at Parnidis Bay, therefore tourists will have the possibility to swim not only at sea, but also in the lagoon. “Klaipėda University (KU) together with the KNNP Directorate started LiveLagoons project aimed to test pilot installations and apply so called ‘active’ or ‘living’ barrier units to improve water quality and create bathing conditions inside the South Baltic lagoons, where at normal conditions algal blooms and sediment resuspension prevent recreational bathing. The bottom of the lagoon was cleaned and special net is being installed between two piers, plants will be attached to its upper part to stop eutrophication processes. It is a pilot action to create bathing water spot in Nida, which is very popular resort and recreational area in Curonian Spit”, – says Aušra Feser, director of Curonian Spit National Park Administration.

Vice director of Neringa municipality Narūnas Lendraitis was pleased with this initiative and assured that the new beach will definitely be extremely popular as tourism specialists have repeatedly emphasized that the establishment of a recreational beach at the Curonian Lagoon would significantly prolong high season. “The bathing season at sea begins relatively late, thus clean and supervised spot in the very center of Nida will provide a true oasis for relaxation,” says A. Feser. According to her, the inhabitants of the peninsula still remember that there was a beach on the lagoon coast, Parnidis Bay, several decades ago. The main reason why nobody is using former beach area at the Parnidis bay these days is the deteriorating water of the Curonian Lagoon. It blooms in summer due organic particles and algae. Therefore, researchers have decided to take advantage of the global practice of various countries affected by water eutrophication and apply biotechnology. According to KU professor Dr. Artūras Razinkovas-Baziukas, big influence on the pollution of the lagoon is caused by nitrogen and phosphorus compounds in the water. It is these chemicals that lead to a very large amount of algae, other microorganisms, which makes the water unusable for bathing. Installed net with plants like reeds and basket willows’s roots absorb nitrogen from the water and are like living water treatment plants.

The project LiveLagoons actions are dedicated to form a kind of recreational lagoon: people will be able to bath and an ecological experiment will be implemented. In the autumn, the installation with the plants will be removed and data analyzed. The environmental experiment will be carried out not only in Nida, but also in the northern part of Juodkrantė. There, with the help of a similar biotechnology method, an attempt will be made to stop coastal erosion.

Article in Lithuanian
https://www.lzinios.lt/lzinios/Gimtasis-krastas/nidos-centre-naujas-papludimys/265818

Video on LRT channel (Lithuanian National Radio and Television)
https://www.lrt.lt/naujienos/gyvenimas/42/213635/nidoje-naujas-papludimys-kviecia-maudytis-isvalytose-kursiu-mariose

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