Project aims

The key activities of the project

  • Integrating general planning of coastal areas: the development of GIS systems for selecting the areas with the most valuable biodiversity and landscape in coastal areas using maps and photographs.
  • Development of the best cost-efficient and innovative methods and practices for water protection and enhancement of biodiversity, communication through mini-seminars, publications and information services; increasing the management of urban meadows (= traditional landscape near a city).
  • Mapping and valuation of ecosystem services in coastal areas and traditional biotopes, bringing them up and increasing attention towards them e.g. in planning and implementation of land use through examples and information services.
  • Drawing up of management plans and habitat management that integrate e.g. historical material and remote mapping; development of observation methods and practical solutions for historical landscape changes.
  • Repairing of rare directive habitat types and management of the environments of key species and taking them into account in planning

The development of GIS systems

Results of the project

In addition to plans, developed planning methods and innovative and cost-efficient management methods and management actions, the project will produce a practical information package: Habitat Management Library – 6 top-quality publications in a single publication series. The library will be created in close co-operation between different countries, but in such a way that each partner is responsible for producing the publication. The publication will be printed in an exclusive Natureship series. All publications will be translated into English, Finnish, Estonian and Swedish. These publications will also be available in the Internet.

Publication and responsible bodies of the Habitat Management Library

Water protection and coastal planning

  • The ecosystem services on the coast of Gotland (County Administrative Board of Gotland)
  • Efficient use of remote mapping methods and old maps in habitat management (Metsähallitus has principal responsibility, but in close co-operation with the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Turku)
  • Flad and gloe lakes (Environmental Board of Estonia and University of Tartu)

Man-made landscapes and habitat management

  • City meadows (Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in the southwest Finland)
  • Grazing and water protection (Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in the southwest Finland)
  • Key species for the biodiversity and management of their environment (Norrtälje Nature Conservation Foundation)

Several cooperation seminars will be organised. An information campaign on the publications and a concluding seminar will be arranged towards the end of the project.

 Photo: Timo Pitkänen

                                                  

Published 2014-01-13 at 16:38, updated 2014-01-13 at 16:38