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Pan-European management of coastal lagoons: A science-policy-stakeholder interface perspective


Lillebo,  A. I.
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Stalnacke,  P.
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Gooch,  G. D.
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Krysanova,  Valentina
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

Bielecka,  M.
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Lillebo, A. I., Stalnacke, P., Gooch, G. D., Krysanova, V., Bielecka, M. (2017): Pan-European management of coastal lagoons: A science-policy-stakeholder interface perspective. - Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 198, Part B, 648-656.

Cite as: https://publications.pik-potsdam.de/pubman/item/item_22283
The main objective of the work carried out in the scope of a three years collaborative research project was to develop science-based strategies and a decision support framework for the integrated management of coastal lagoons and their catchments and, in this context, to enhance connectivity between research and policymaking. In this paper our main objective is to share the lessons learned from the innovative methodology used throughout the project. To achieve the proposed objectives, the multidisciplinary scientific knowledge in the project team was combined and integrated with the knowledge and views of local stakeholders of four selected European coastal lagoons, using a three step participatory approach. With this innovative approach, which included the usage of eco-hydrological and water quality-modelling tools, the team developed and analyzed integrated scenarios of possible economic development and environmental impacts in four European lagoons and their catchments. These scenarios were presented and discussed with stakeholders, giving rise to management recommendations for each case study lagoon. Results show that some management options might be transferrable to other European lagoons having similar climatic, geophysical and socio-economic settings. In management terms, the project output provides a set of policy guidelines derived from the different analyses conducted and proposes initiatives concerning management implementation in a local-regional-national-European setting.