Mediating integrated actions for sustainable ecosystem services in a changing climate (MIRACLE)


MIRACLE will approach ecosystem services by policy instruments that acknowledge interlinkages between eutrophication, flood management, biodiversity, coastal water quality & human health. 

The objective is to identify, measure and recommend cost-efficient solutions in the Baltic Sea region, through modelling, visualisation, stakeholder dialogues and social learning. MIRACLE will also identify how institutional settings have shaped governance structures and policy instrument choices and provide road maps on opportunities for improved integration of agricultural, environmental and risk management policies adapted to a changing climate.


The MIRACLE approach includes the following:
• involve stakeholders with different interests in land and water use, e.g. biodiversity conservation, urban development, hydropower, human health;
• conduct a series of five workshops where researchers and stakeholders from 4 case study river basins (Bērze - Latvia; Reda - Poland; Selke - Germany; Helgea - Sweden) work to identify win-win solutions for diverse goals - so called Social Learning Process;
• give scientific support through scenario modelling of impacts on water flow and quality, cost-efficiency and benefit assessments, and policy analyses;
• use an innovative visualisation platform to present results and facilitate scenario comparisons. 

In Latvia Bērze river basin is chosen as a case study. On September 25, 2015 the 1st meeting of the Bērze River stakeholders was held. The aim of the meeting was to create a core stakeholder group for innovative water resource quality management in the Berze River drainage basin in order to initiate a discussion and to develop a common understanding regarding:
• Water resource quality and trends in the Berze River basin; 
• Nutrient loading, sources and impacts on water resource quality and quantity;
• Implemented water resource quality improvement measures and their effectiveness.

Duration

04/2015-03/2018

Project implemented by

Coordinator partner:
Linköping University

Project consortium:
11 organisations from Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Germany and Latvia

Project financial code

A-20031-ZR-N-110

More information

Kristīna Veidemane
Project coordinator/ environmental expert
Tel. 00371 6735 7551
kristina.veidemane@bef.lv