Results from IMAGINE, a research project on marine landscape management, are now published.
The focus of IMAGINE is to investigate how different management strategies can be used strengthen and support the preservation of green infrastructure in the marine environment. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency defines green infrastructure as “an ecologically functional network of habitats and structures, natural areas and landscaped elements that are designed, used and managed in a way that preserves biodiversity and promotes important ecosystem services throughout the landscape”.
The report (in Swedish) includes scenarios for impact of human activities on marine green infrastructure in relation to different management strategies. Using different examples and case-studies from Swedish sea areas, we investigate what is needed from legislation, planning and management strategies to achieve national targets on green infrastructure. The report also summarizes the legal prerequisites to protect the marine green infrastructure.
IMAGINE – Implications of alternative management strategies on marine green infrastructure – was a co-operation between AquaBiota Water Research, the University of Gothenburg, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Stockholm University. The project was funded by the Swedish EPA, 2016-2020. The aim of the project was to analyze how successful ecosystem based adaptive management practices for marine green infrastructure should be designed. In a joint effort between experts in ecology and law, we investigated the effects of alternative management strategies on different human pressures and their impact on marine green infrastructure (MGI)
Nyström Sandman, A., Christiernsson, A., Gidhagen Fyhr, F., Lindegarth, M., Kraufvelin, P., Bergström, P., Nilsson, P., Fredriksson, R., Bergström, U. & Hogfors, H. Grön infrastruktur i havet – landskapsperspektiv i förvaltningen av Sveriges marina områden. Naturvårdsverkets rapport 6930, June 2020. (In Swedish with English summary)