LIFE Platform meeting: outlined new approaches to the coastal wetlands’ conservation

On 12 and 13 October 2022, the Lagoon of Life project hosted hybrid LIFE platform meeting on Innovative Approaches in Coastal Wetlands Management at the International Congress Centre in Burgas, Bulgaria. The meeting was dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the LIFE Programme.

The objectives of the meeting were to explore and outline the integ-rated and novel approaches to coastal wetlands, birds and habitats conservation, and to provide an opportunity for sharing successful management models and strategies.
Ten LIFE projects and five other European projects from Italy, Spain, Greece, Montenegro, and Bulgaria presented cross-sectoral cooperation and involvement of stakeholders, integrated manage-ment and restoration techniques, and nature-based solutions as a relatively new tool for the socio-economic aspect of the coastal wetlands.

There was a focus on the use of wetlands as an indicator of climate change and the restoration of seagrass beds as a tool for protecting coastal habitats in Italy, Spain and Greece. The carbon storage potential of coastal wetlands and methods for its calculation has been presented as an important element of the in-creasingly popular carbon economy.

In a poster session seven posters from France, Bulgaria and the USA presented case studies from two Life projects in salt pans in Normandy and Atanasovsko lake such as the people of the marshes, competition between Greater Fla-mingos and local waterbirds, trans-plantation of the seagrass and convivial spatial organization for coastal wetlands.
Тhis booklet gives a glimpse into the three main topics that have been discussed during the event


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