Economical activity at marine coastal benthic habitats PDF Print E-mail

Partner: IMCS

Location: Marine coastal areas of Latvia; replicable in other sites of the Baltic Sea

Service and user scenario:
IMCS will cooperate with the Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology using the monitoring data of coastal benthic communities and related environmental parameters. The needs and requirements of various stakeholders will be researched and afterwards IMCS will pilot the use of advanced interfaces to improve presentation, accessibility and use of the data. It will help in decision making for port construction measures, fisheries policy, wind mill development actions in order to use the benthic habitats in sustainable way. The benthic habitats in Latvian coastal waters are the areas with highest biological diversity and partly included covered by NATURA 2000 territories.

Use of environmental data:
The data on composition, abundance and dynamics of the benthic communities together with the related environmental parameters (physico-chemical measurements) collected by the Institute of Aquatic Ecology will be made accessible to provide scientifically based information to various stakeholders carrying out different types of economical activity at the coastal areas of Latvian marine waters.

Stakeholders involved:
Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (LIAE) collects and owns the data, but reports it to the national environmental authorities and international data base of ICES. The data are used also in HELCOM environmental assessments. LIAE collaborates with several marine research institutes around the Baltic Sea. The service to be piloted will provide that data as high quality information to different groups involved in economical activities at the coastal areas.

Users involved:
The Pilot Service will enable citizens (fishermen) and institutions (ports, environmental boards) to be involved, for future exploitation.

Policy / business model:
The data collection is part of the Latvian National environmental policy, according to EU Water Framework Directive and Habitats Directive. It is vaguely represented online and therefore the HABITATS pilot will explore making it available as an online service.

Cooperation/ data sharing:
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La Palma Protected Marine Area (ES)
Sheep and Goat Herd Management (IT)
FAO
HSRS
IMCS

 

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