Natureship - Integrated planning of coastal areas and habitat management in the Baltic Sea

Natureship project has ended!

The goal and principal product of the project in a nutshell

The goal of the project is to significantly increase cooperation in habitat management and water protection in the Central Baltic operating area.

The project implements interdisciplinary coastal planning in accordance with sustainable development and aims at finding the best cost-efficient methods for promoting water protection and biodiversity and rating ecosystem services in cooperation with all the partners. Ecosystem services mean benefits obtained from nature. They include the supply of nutrition and other renewable natural resources as well as undisturbed operation of the ecosystems, which e.g. maintains the water management and circulation of nutrients in our environment. Ecosystem services also include recreational use of nature and the experiences obtained there. Usually the value of ecosystem services is not noticed until they are weakened or lost. The project aims at finding win-win solutions that benefit all: nature, water protection, local farmers and entrepreneurs, as well as inhabitants. Special emphasis is placed on Natura 2000 areas. The project also cooperates with existing projects and provides them with information about the Central Baltic area.

The principal product of the project is “Habitat Management Library” that consists of 6 publications. The project performs innovative tests and exchanges information within the operations of the working groups and introduces tried and tested good experiences and practices from different countries in the publications.


The duration of the project is approximately 3 years, from October 2009 to January 2013.

Operating area of the project

The operating area is the whole Central Baltic area, with focus on habitat management and water protection in catchment basins in coastal areas.

Project partners

  • Lead partner: Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in the Southwest Finland
  • Finland: Metsähallitus, Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Turku; municipalities of Hamina, Raisio, Salo and Vihti
  • Estonia: Environmental Board of Estonia and University of Tartu
  • Sweden: County Administrative Board of Gotland and Norrtälje Nature Conservation Foundation

The project includes two working groups that focus on exchange of information and publications in their own line of business. The working groups arrange mini-seminars when they meet. The working groups are:

  • Water protection and coastal planning
  • Biodiversity and cultural landscapes

Published 2013-12-20 at 15:06, updated 2014-01-14 at 11:08