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Schiewer, U., Schernewski, G.. Baltic Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics and Integrated Coastal Zone Management. In: Proceedings of the international conference LITTORAL 2002 (1), pp. 115-123. Porto, 2002.

It is expected that the Baltic region becomes a major centre of economic growth and prosperity in Europe already during this decade (Bundestag 2000). Therefore, an Agenda 21 for the Baltic region (Baltic21) was developed to ensure a sustainable development. Especially the coastal ecosystems are subject to increasing anthropogenic pressure e.g. eutrophication, traffic, harbours, tourism or off-shore wind parks. Eutrophication remains the main ecological problem in the Baltic Sea and has serious negative social and economical consequences. Inner and outer coastal waters play an important role as buffers and filters for the Baltic proper. Consequently, the utilization and preservation of their self-purification capacity is of great importance. Combined results of our own coastal zone research and of the international workshop “Baltic coastal ecosystems: structure, function and coastal zone management” (Rostock University, November 2001) are presented here. Conclusions will be used for suggesting improvements in ICZM of Baltic coastal ecosystems.
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