Integrated water resources and coastal zone management in European lagoons in the context of climate change (LAGOONS)

Integrated water resources and coastal zone management in European lagoons in the context of climate change (LAGOONS)

Context and Background

The environmental issue of concern of the LAGOONS project is the anthropogenic deterioration and climate change impacts - especially the effects of extreme weather events- on surface water and lagoons ecosystems.

Four case study lagoons have been selected to represent a set of "hotspot" coastal lagoons with a wide and balanced geographical distribution and different characteristics. The lagoons included are: Vistula Lagoon in Baltic Sea (transboundary Poland/Russia); Tylygulskyi Lagoon in Black Sea (Ukraine); Ria de Aveiro Lagoon in Atlantic Ocean (Portugal), and Mar Menor in the Mediterranean Sea (Spain). By means of elaborating integrated strategies for sustainable development of the case study lagoons in the climate change context, the LAGOONS project will contribute to the goals of the Call showing that it is possible to enhance connectivity between research and policy-making in a lagoons context using a proactive approach to water issues, which assures more efficient use of existing research results.

Aims and Objectives

The main objective of the LAGOONS project is to contribute to a science-based seamless strategy - in an integrated and coordinated fashion - of the management of lagoons seen under the land-sea and science-policy-stakeholder interface; i.e., the project seek to underpin the integration of the EU Water Framework Directive, Habitat Directive, the EU’s ICZM Recommendation, and the EU Marine Strategy Directive.

In management terms, LAGOONS will contribute to the decision-support methodologies for a coordinated approach to the Water Framework Directive and the Marine Strategy Directive. In addition, LAGOONS will propose actions to tackle bottlenecks in the context of climate change, i.e., LAGOONS will propose actions foreseen in the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy - A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Lagoons Case Areas

Integrated water resources and coastal zone management in European lagoons in the context of climate change (LAGOONS)

Project Partners

  • University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Bioforsk- Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, Norway
  • Institute of Hydro-Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Atlantic Branch of P. P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Sea Fisheries Institute in Gdynia, Poland
  • Odessa State Environmental University, Ukraine
  • Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany
  • University of Murcia, Spain

At a Glance

  • Funding Provider: European Commission
  • Total Project Contribution from EU: € 2 545 660
  • To IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science: € 443 560
  • PI: Prof. Geoffrey D. Gooch
  • Project Duration: 1st October 2011 - 31st September 2014
  • Project Website