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.
further information please visit our website: www.baltcoast.net
Prof. Dr. Gerald Schernewski
Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW)