Hello everyone, we are Cristina and Mikel from the Coastal Union Germany (EUCC-D) based in Warnemünde, Rostock.
To break the ice, we will shortly present ourselves :)
My name is Cristina, I come from a little town in the north of Italy, right at the heart of the cooperation area of the Interreg Alpine Space Programme. Last year I completed my studies in European and transnational Law and I decided to join this Interreg initiative because I wanted to get an insight into European cohesion policy and cross-border cooperation.
My name is Mikel and I arrived in Rostock three weeks ago from Pamplona, a Spanish town in the Interreg POCTEFA area (borders among Spain, France and Andorra). I am a biologist and to be part of an environmental organization was one of my biggest motivations to join the EUCC-D projects in the Baltic Sea.
With this first blog post we would like to give you an overview of our first weeks at EUCC-D. The activity of the NGO has already been described by a former IVY Volunteer in this post: https://www.interregyouth.com/single-post/2017/11/08/Interreg-volunteering-in-the-Baltic-Sea , that’s why we would like to start with more specific information about one specific project we are both working on: LiveLagoons.
The project’s main goal is to achieve a better water quality in eutrophicated lagoons in the South Baltic by installing floating plant islands in order to support the rehabilitation of coastal habitats, tourism and people awareness
Different coastal Municipalities from Germany, Lithuania and Poland host some pilot installations and are committed to take care of the Baltic Sea and regard it as a common resource. Even though constructed wet can provide environmental and esthetical benefits, their installation in coastal and lagoon waters is not yet widespread.
According to our educational background we are both giving our contribution to LiveLagoons. Me, Cristina, I am focusing on assessing the different permit procedures needed in some European Countries. And me, Mikel, I did some scientific research to find out similar projects and their results in terms of plants species’ efficiency in nutrient and bacteria removal also taking into account the seasonal patterns.
In our next posts we will tell you more about other projects we are volunteering for and we will keep you up to date with LiveLagoons news.