What kind of impacts can climate- and socio-economic change have on European lagoons? In this video, researchers explain the methodology used and highlight some of the outcomes and results from the Lagoons-project, which is soon drawing to a close.
The basic concept of the Lagoons project has been to combine and integrate knowledge produced by various scientific disciplines with local knowledge in order to produce integrated, participatory scenarios, supplemented by science modelling inputs, of possible future trends and conditions of coastal lagoons. In this video, researchers from the University of Aveiro, the University of Dundee and Bioforsk, explain the methodology used throughout the project period, and present some of the main project outcomes and results.
The Lagoons project had its final meeting in September 2014. What remains now is that European policy makers choose the right management strategies so as to protect their lagoons against potential future problems caused by climate change. This entails taking measures to secure future water availability, protecting the lagoons against flash floods, maintaining the regions’ sustainable tourism and agricultural practice, and in certain areas, improving the sewage treatment systems.
More information about the four case study lagoons and the project as a whole, as well as recommendations for adaptation measures that should be taken in the future management of these vulnerable ecosystems, can be found on the Lagoons website: lagoons.biologiaatua.net/
Facts: The EU-funded project Lagoons started up in 2011, as a collaborative effort between several European R&D institutions, among others the University of Dundee, the University of Aveiro and Bioforsk - the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Reseach.
See the video Europe's lagoons: vulnerable ecosystems under threat (vimeo.com/64517982) for detailed information about the project, especially from the lagoon in Aveiro, Portugal, which was one of the four case study areas in the Lagoons project.