Cross-project dissemination meeting, 13th-14th of November 2018, Rostock, Germany

On 13th-14th of November, representatives of CICPA project visited cross-project workshops organised by the LiveLagoons project representatices. LiveLagoons aims to implement new, environmentally friendly techniques to help improve water quality in the eutrophic lagoons of the southern Baltic Sea. For this purpose, innovative floating islands will be used for wetlands that serve through a system of vegetable filters to remove nutrients.

During these workshops a cross-border session and debate on the possible use of experience and integration between the implemented projects took place.

The workshop gathered representatives of national parks and various forms of nature protection, non-governmental organizations and scientists from Poland, Lithuania and Germany.

Representatives of individual projects presented:

1. Problems and challenges related to the cultivation of bivalves (Bonus Optimus),

2. The use of floating islands to improve the environmental conditions of lagoons (LiveLagoons),

3. Beach wracks utilisation (EUCC Germany),

4. Paludiculture with new trout farming opportunities (Greifswald Mire Centre),

5. Angagement of local communities in protected areas (CICPA project).

As part of a joint workshop, participants were asked to assess and discuss selected “ecosystem services” for three different wetland management scenarios in the coastal zone.

During the meeting, the CICPA project was presented by dr Kazimierz Rabski (Society for the Coast) and Mr. Marek Dylawerski (Woliński National Park). Particular emphasis was put on the necessity of taking common activities with local communities, due to their enormous potential and their growing interest in the possibilities of using protected areas to sustainable creation of many local products and services.

In addition, the necessity to extend the educational and promotional aspects of scientific and research initiatives in activities related to the Baltic Sea coastal zone has been underlined, so far poorly undertaken among local communities. The experience of such cross-border integration projects that underlie the CICPA project may prove useful for other projects implemented under Interreg South Baltic.

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