The MIRACLE project approaches 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, visualization, stakeholder dialogues and social learning. MIRACLE also identifies 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.

SWEDESD is responsible for approaching the MIRACLE project through social learning. With other words, to enact a social learning process that will lead to the identification of new configurations for governance to reduce nutrient enrichment and flood risks in the Baltic Sea Region. These will be based on innovative actions and plans that offer multiple ecosystem service benefits to the set of diverse stakeholders and that acknowledge the need for an integrated approach to ecosystem. The actions emerge from a social learning process that is supported by the use of an interactive visualization platform that will make it possible for stakeholders to conceptualize complex interactions.

The aim is to create a forum for social learning and dialogue between project researchers and stakeholders in four case study areas in Latvia (Berze river), Poland (Reda river), Sweden (Helge river), and Germany (Selke river), including cross country learning and up-scaling to the Baltic Sea Region. In doing so, we will facilitate consensus building and priority settings among stakeholders, develop roadmaps and identify new models of cooperation and governance (conceptual, institutional and practice based) from tradeoffs between different objectives and with consideration to the need of adaptation to climate change.

  • Duration: 2015-2018
  • Partners: Linkoping University, Sweden, (coordinating partner); POMinnO Sp. z o.o., Gdynia, Poland; Institute of Meteorology and Water Management, Warsaw, Poland; Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany; Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Magdeburg, Germany; University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia; Latvia University of Agriculture, Jelgava Latvia; University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Norrkoping; Sweden Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden; SWEDESD, Sweden.
  • Funders: FORMAS/BONUS
  • Contact: Neil Powell,

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