Project partners

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (CEDTE), lead partner

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (CEDTE) is the lead partner in Natureship project. CEDTE is therefore responsible that the project is implemented properly and that the project's work packages are done as required:

  1. Project management and coordination
  2. Water protection and coastal zone planning
  3. Biodiversity and cultural landscapes

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for the southwest Finland collects and shares information that the Natureship project partners have gathered. In addition, CEDTE arranges cooperation seminars, makes project reports and develops integrated coastal planning in general level. CEDTE is also responsible of two publications: "City meadows" and "Water protection and grazing".

University of Turku, Department of Geography and Geology

Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Turku gathers and analyzes GIS information (Geographical Information Systems) in the Natureship project how the landscape and land use have evolved in specific areas at the coastal areas of the Baltic Sea region. More precisely, historical geographical information will be gathered from old historical maps and old landscape photos, and new information will be collected by e.g. remote sensing and by field observations. Temporal change is observed by using GIS systems.

Department of Geography and Geology also plans and publishes practical instructions how to use these GIS methods in order to monitor and administer environments. University of Turku is an important expert institution and integral support to Gotland's integrated coastal management planning.

Metsähallitus, Luontopalvelut (Natural Heritage Services)

Metsähallitus collects and analyzes information about the temporal change in the landscape and in the land use; this is done together with Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Turku. In addition, Metsähallitus develops new methods how to sustain traditional and threatened countryside landscape, like coastal meadows. Metsähallitus is responsible for "Nature Management Planning Model" publication, in which also the Department of Geography and Geology participates. This publication concentrates into natural management and how to make benefit from GIS methods, remote sensing and old maps when making the management plans etc.

Cities of Hamina, Raisio and Salo, and municipality of Vihti

There are lots of valuable parks and traditional habitats in city centres and urban areas. City meadow areas are important oasis for sustaining the biodiversity, but also for recreational use. In the areas of interest in Hamina, Raisio, Salo and Vihti current situation of the city meadows is defined, as well as users and future prospects. New methods and solutions are created together with interest groups. With these methods the use of traditional landscapes will be enhanced sustainably, economically and ecologically, likewise the management and administration of these areas. Hamina, Raisio, Salo and Vihti will act as examples to other municipalities and towns that they will also be active in city meadow management and administration.

Norrtälje Nature Conservation Foundation

Norrtälje Nature Conservation Foundation's goal in the Natureship project is to enhance peoples' knowledge of traditional landscapes in the coastal areas, like e.g. what is the meaning of biodiversity and how to improve living standards of so-called flagship species (that are characteristic in the particular areas). Calcareous traditional landscapes act as good examples, in which good management is essential in order to protect typical fauna and flora in the particular areas. Norrtälje Nature Conservation Foundation pursues to these protection activities by producing and publishing information about the flagship species and, in addition, how the natural management in these areas should be organised. Norrtälje Nature Conservation Foundation is responsible for "Flagship species" publication, in which also other Natureship partners participate, like Metsähallitus and CEDTE.

The County Administrative Council of Gotland

County Administrative Board of Gotland main focus in the Natureship project is to find new policies to administer coastal zones in order to protect biodiversity but also how to develop recreational use. What comes to new policies, the County Administrative Board of Gotland will make research and development work regarding so-called ecosystem services in order to find suitable ways and methods how these coastal zones are used. Integrated coastal management will be tested in reality, that is, what kind of benefits can be gained from ecosystem services. Example areas are chosen mainly from Gotland, but some example areas are also selected from Estonia and Finland.

Estonian Environmental Board

Environmental Board of Estonia is participating into Natureship by mapping, researching and valuating the ecosystem services in the coastal areas. Environmental Board also designs the management and protection of coastal landscapes. During the project information material will be produced as well as questionnaires about the land use in the coastal areas.

University of Tartu

University of Tartu is developing new ways to manage coastal meadows and wetlands, and it also makes research of coastal wetlands and coastal lagoons. In addition, new innovative solutions to highlight the importance of Pärnu's city meadows and ecosystem services will be presented. University of Tartu takes great notice into flad and gloe lakes, that is, how to manage and care these coastal wetland areas. Sediment samples from these flad and gloe lakes will be taken and analysed, and then heavy metal concentrations will be investigated if the mud is suitable to be used in spas etc. 

Published 2014-01-13 at 16:22, updated 2014-01-13 at 16:22