Reducing the Impact on and from Coastal and Marine Environments
Can the marine environment sustain the pressure that comes from human activities?
Human activities heavily affect Marine and Coastal environments. Pollutants and disturbances in marine environments have multiple sources, ranging from urban development to shipping industries and dredging activities. According to European regulations, registered waters must achieve a good environmental status. How do we solve and make better solutions for a sustainable future? WSP developed, in collaboration with the Swedish agency for marine and water management, a method for environmental risk assessment of the impacts of the first Swedish marine plan. With this method, it is possible to assess the environmental impacts of all human activities in the Baltic Sea.
Coastal zones are especially vulnerable since they are under increasing pressure due human activity such as harbors, building close to the water, hard surfaces, pollution and other disturbances while sea level is rising and extreme water levels are increasing. Coastal flooding risks huge economic damages as well as negative environmental consequences. The subsequent degradation of coastal ecosystems due to human development increase future flood risk.
WSP is working with how we can evaluate future risks, and adapt human development in and around the constantly changing coastal zones.
11:05 Assessing the risks and costs to humans from coastal flooding - Gunilla Kaiser
11:20 Creating methods for environmental impact assessment of maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea - Ingrid Tjensvoll