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A Systems Approach Framework for Coastal Research and Management in the Baltic


BaltCoast - Baltic ICZM Project called “A systems Approach Framework for Coastal Research and Management in the Baltic”. This Project was developed to overcome the lack of a holistic approach which integrates different human activities with ecosystems capacity and environmental forcing, therefore, BaltCoast has the ultimate objective of developing a coherent and systematic management approach that encompasses multiple impacts in a spatially heterogeneous context, by using Systems Approach Framework (SAF) as a tool to be applied through case studies that reflect current regional management challenges and develop a generic tool for integrated system assessment.

Systems Approach Framework (SAF)


In BaltCoast we tackle this complex task using the Systems Approach Framework (SAF). The SAF is an issue oriented investigation and methodology that applies a holistic perspective. It investigates and quantifies the functions of systems in order to simulate specific questions concerning their functions or policies. It comprises the process from issue identification through system analyses to policy implementation. This Systems Approach can, hence, competently address implementation of international directives (e.g. Water Framework Directive (WFD), Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)). In BaltCoast we address multiple issues through case studies that reflect current regional management challenges and develop a generic tool for integrated system assessment.

Coastal case studies


Systems Approach Framework will be applied in six local coastal case studies in a systematic, stepwise, guided process to demonstrate its value and applicability for a wide range of highly relevant issues namely eco-technologies (mussel farms, artificial macrophyte belts) to support eutrophication management and local development in the Oder (Szczecin) Lagoon; channel deepening to support shipping and tourism development in the Vistula lagoon; developments towards a bathing water quality management system to support bathing tourism in the Curonian Lagoon; coastal municipal governance optimization to support climate change adaptation in municipality of Salacgrīva, Bay of Riga; integrated coastal protection management in Pärnu, Bay and fish distribution, productivity & management in Danish coastal waters.


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Contacts


Project coordinator:

Prof. Dr. Gerald Schernewski

Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW)

gerald.schernewski@io-warnemuende.de