Project description

Transitional waters (TW) link adjacent river basins and marine areas and are critically important for the ecological health of the Baltic Sea.

The European Water Policy and the EU Water Framework Directive set the guidelines for managing river basins, while marine areas are managed within the EU Maritime Spatial Planning framework. ARTWEI aims to strike an operational balance between EU requirements for Maritime Spatial Planning framework, Water Framework Directive and Integrated Coastal Zone Management, which do often overlap or contradict each other. This aim will be achieved by establishing the South Baltic Transitional Waters’ partnership network of the key institutions based on the long-term cooperation agreement and supported by the regional activity network of EUCC – The Coastal and Marine Union. Thus, the cross-border cooperation of local and regional interest groups, citizens and politicians is crucial.

ARTWEI project will be based on existing experiences from the EU and international Baltic Sea cooperation networks and develop local and regional methods for effective management ofTWs from two perspectives: Cross-border cooperation and Environmental integrity of basins – TWs – open sea.

ARTWEI project has four cross-border TW regions of the South Baltic Area as target areas:

  • Curonian Lagoon (LT/RU), 
  • Vistula Lagoon (RU/PL), 
  • Odra Lagoon (PL/DE), 
  • Oresund Lagoon (DK/SE). 

ARTWEI project is part of the South Baltic Programme 2007 – 2013. The lead partner is the Klaipėda University and the partnership comprises other five partners from Lithuania, Germany, Poland and Sweden.

Interactive Map
As a supporting tool to illustrate marine ecological values and human activities on the Sound an interactive map was developed during the project. Click here to get to the map. 

Principal Investigator

Olof Lindén

Professor, Nippon Chair in Marine Environmental Management, Dr. Linden also holds a part time professorship in Coastal Management at the University of Kalmar.

Project Officer

Henrik Nilsson

Henrik joined WMU in 2010 and has been involved in a project focusing on transboundary water management. The particular focus has been on the Öresund between Sweden and Denmark where he, together with local and regional stakeholders, develops a Marine Spatial Plan for the Sound that illustrates increasing competing interest for the sea space.

Gonçalo Carneiro

Gonçalo Carneiro has worked for the past decade as researcher and consultant in areas related to marine conservation and management, including maritime transport, marine protected areas, fisheries and integrated management processes. With the environmental management group at the World Maritime University Gonçalo is working with marine spatial planning and evaluation of marine programmes. Gonçalo has recently conducted consultancy assignments with the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment and with COWI, in Denmark.

Project Duration

March, 2010 to February, 2013