Fisheries, nature conservation, renewable energies, shipping, tourism – our coasts are used in many ways. When planning and using coastal areas, however, the coordination of the many actors often fails, as some interests may conflict with each other. The project Sea2Land – a follow-up project to the project Land-Sea-Act, in which the Baltic Environmental Forum Germany was also involved – deals with the different interests and stakeholders that clash in coastal areas. To bring them together, we are developing a compass – a guide to action on how coastal space can be used efficiently and sensibly. This will serve as a tool for administrations and governments and will be tested in pilot regions.

One pilot region we will be working closely with is the Island of Fehmarn. The municipality on the Baltic Sea Island with its approximately 13,000 inhabitants has set itself the goal of making the island climate-neutral by 2030. Fehmarn also wants to become energy self-sufficient and make the tourism sector more climate friendly. We are participating in this project and support the expansion of renewable energies on Fehmarn. To this end, we are drawing up a concrete plan that also considers possible obstacles such as NIMBY – the English acronym stands for not in my backyard, in Germany it is known as the Saint Florian principle. Together with the stakeholders, we develop concepts to overcome possible conflicts so that the regional energy supply is strengthened.

Project details

  • Projekt name: Baltic Sea2Land
  • Project management: Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia
  • BEF sector: Water management and marine protection, energy and climate change
  • Funded by: Interreg Baltic Sea Region
  • Operational time: 01/2023 – 12/2025
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