This article was produced and financed by Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research
Vulnerable ecosystems under threat in Europe
Issues such as contamination from surrounding agriculture, increased tourism and climate change all pose a threat to Europe’s many lagoons - vulnerable ecosystems in densely populated areas.
Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research
In this film, we see researchers and stakeholders at work in one of the case study lagoons, Ria de Aveiro in northern Portugal.
Scientists are now going new ways to secure better lagoon management in future.
The EU project LAGOONS aims at helping European policy makers choose the right management strategies so as to protect vulnerable ecosystems against potential problems caused by climate change.
The LAGOONS project is a collaboration between research institutions in several countries, among others Bioforsk Soil and Environment. The researchers involved in the project not only conduct scientific experiments, they also involve stakeholders in the project work so as to have an integrated approach to the potential problems at hand.
Through focus group meetings with locals, various ideas of how the lagoons best should be managed, are discussed from many different viewpoints. In the end, research results are presented to citizen juries who can subsequently make informed decisions concerning the management of the lagoon, and put pressure on local authorities and policy makers.