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Kerstin Martens
Institute of Farm Economics

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Integrated actions for sustainable ecosystems services in the Baltic Sea Region

Project

Participants 2016 (c) Svjetlana Stekovic
(© Svjetlana Stekovic)

MIRACLE - Mediating integrated actions for sustainable ecosystems services in a changing climate

Integration of social learning processes in the identification of governance configurations for innovative measures that offer multiple ecosystem service benefits in the Baltic Sea Region

Background and Objective

The agriculture and the wastewater treatment sectors are the key emission sources of nutrients to the Baltic Sea. Moreover, flooding episodes in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) are considered to be a key driver of nutrient leaching, and at the same time incur a substantial cost on rural and urban contexts.  The main objective of MIRACLE is to increase the effectiveness of governance configurations and policy measures to reduce nutrient enrichment and flood risks in the Baltic Sea Region by enacting a social learning process across a wide set of relevant stakeholders.

Approach

The social process will be tested in case studies in Sweden, Poland, Latvia and Germany to identify governance configurations for innovative measures that offer multiple ecosystem service benefits to the set of diverse stakeholders and that acknowledge the need for an integrated approach to ecosystem services as a novel governance approach.

Our Research Questions

How can the effectiveness of governance configurations and policy measures to reduce nutrient enrichment and flood risks in the Baltic Sea Region be improved by enacting a social learning process across a wide set of relevant stakeholders?

 

How did existing institutional arrangements influence existing agri-environmental policies?

Which adjustments and new configurations of the institutional settings are required to introduce innovative cooperation approaches and measures to reduce eutrophication and flood risk in the Baltic Sea Region  and what lessons can be learnt from experiences in other regions?

How do different stakeholders assess the cost and benefits of new measures and approaches to promote ecosystem services in the Baltic Sea Region?

Preliminary Results

No results, yet; preliminary results will be added in 2018.

Links and Downloads

More details of the project are available on the project website bonus-miracle.eu.

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Duration

4.2015 - 7.2018

More Information

Projekt type:
Funding program: EU – ERA-NET BONUS
Project status: ongoing

Publikationen zum Projekt

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  1. Reusch TB, Dierking J, Andersson H, Bonsdrof E, Carstensen J, Casini M, Czajkowski M, Hasler B, Hinsby K, Hyytiäinen K, Johannesson K, Jomaa S, Jormalainen V, Kuosa H, Kurland S, Laikre L, Oesterwind D, Schwarz G, et al (2018) The Baltic Sea as a time machine for the future coastal ocean. Sci Adv 4(5):eaar8195, DOI:10.1126/sciadv.aar8195
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  2. Schwarz G, Andis Z, George V (2017) What role can hybrid payments for ecosystem services play in promoting agroecological approaches in resilient farming systems - lessons learnt from case studies in the EU. In: AAG 2017 Boston: Annual meeting abstracts, 05. April - 09. April, 2017, Boston, Massachussetts, Association of American Geographers (AAG). p 1237
  3. Schwarz G, Vlahos G, Zilans A, Ramirez Harrington D, Chaplin S, Aalders I (2016) Do WTO requirements restrict agri-environmental programmes to promote greener agricultural production - different interpretations and lessons learnt from the EU and US. In: AAG 2016 San Francisco : Annual meeting abstracts, 29. März - 02. April, 2016, San Francisco, California. Association of American Geographers (AAG), p 1107
  4. Schwarz G, Zilans A (2016) Policy brief on factors of success for the implementation of selected innovative governance approaches and instruments : Deliverable D6.2 BONUS MIRACLE project. Bruxelles: European Commission, 5 p
  5. Zilans A, Schwarz G, Tonderski K, Bruneniece I, Abolina K, Veidemane K, Offermann F (2016) Report on the conceptual framework of the ecosystem services approach for improved policy integration : Deliverable D6.2 BONUS MIRACLE project. Bruxelles: European Commission, 69 p