P2 Sustainable use of common resources
2.2. Sustainably planned and managed marine and coastal areas
25.05.2020 - 31.12.2022
€1 515 601
€1 202 609
The ecosystem-based approach is a strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes their conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way. EBA is a cornerstone of many EU directives but to date there is no clear guidance on how to implement it in practice for instance, in maritime spatial planning processes.
Ecosystems are linked to human well-being through the flow of ecosystem services, i.e., the benefits the marine environment and its resources deliver to society such as, the production of economically exploitable biomasses (e.g. fish.). A weak integration of ecology and economy results in a disconnection of economic analysis from the functioning of ecosystems. Current evaluation approaches hardly capture the cumulative impact of different human activities on ecosystems, thereby failing in the achievement of a sustainable use of natural resources. To sustain climate and seawater quality these benefits have to be regulated. Therefore, novel assessment methodologies, which are more adequate to reflect the complexity of natural and human systems interactions, are needed to further develop joint and integrated governance among MSP, MSFD and other integral regional strategies concerning the Baltic Sea.
The main result of the MAREA will be (1) the realisation of a system of accounting of marine environment and the benefits these deliver, also in terms of regulating services for climate and ecosystems’ sustainability, and (2) a connected model of integrated sustainable governance for use of natural resources and marine space. An important aspect of the project is the involvement of key stakeholders in the Central Baltic region. The ecosystem accounting models as well as a Sustainability Compass are generated and updated through participatory learning including key stakeholders: authorities responsible for MSP and marine management planning, environmental experts and general public.
Partner budget: 473.435 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 355.076 EUR ERDF
Pellervon taloustutkimus PTT
Partner budget: 383.090 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 287.318 EUR ERDF
Partner budget: 439.250 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 373.363 EUR ERDF
Baltijas Vides Forums
Partner budget: 219.827 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 186.853 EUR ERDF
Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia
Estonian Ministry of Finance