BONUS BaltCoast Summer School 2017


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Date: August 20 – 26, 2017
Venue: University of Latvia, Academic Center for Natural Sciences (ACNC), Jelgavas str. 1, Riga, Latvia
Accommodation: Guest house Rakari, Svetciems, Salacgriva District, Latvia.

Summer School 2017 program

Teaching Material

About BONUS BaltCoast project
BONUS BaltCoast is the acronym for a Baltic integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) Project called “A systems Approach Framework for Coastal Research and Management in the Baltic”. This Project was developed to overcome the lack of a holistic approach which shall integrate different human activities with ecosystems capacity and environmental forcing. Therefore, BONUS BaltCoast has the ultimate objective of developing a coherent and systematic management approach that encompasses multiple impacts in a spatially heterogeneous context, by using Systems Approach Framework (SAF) as a tool to be applied through case studies that reflect current regional management challenges and develop a generic tool for integrated system assessment. BONUS BaltCoast project Consortium consists of seven Research Institutes/Universities from the Baltic Sea region (Germany, Denmark, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Sweden).

Description of Summer school 2017
This is the 2nd Summer School organized by BONUS BaltCoast project and after successful run in 2016 at Klaipeda University (Lithuania) it will take place now in Latvia, coordinated by University of Latvia. The course focus and main content will be - System Approach Framework application for Coastal Research and Management. The SAF is a methodology that has been designed, developed and tested by various institutes and universities across the European Union, where multidisciplinary teams were involved in the analysis of coastal problems, engaging in inter- and transdisciplinary work with society and policy, tackling environmental problems in the coastal zone, aiming to improve the ecological sustainability, economic efficiency, and social equity. Socio-ecological system approach and stakeholders’ participation into problem-solving and decision making process could be seen as key factor for a SAF application for complex local coastal area problem situations.

During the course all five SAF methodology steps will be addressed both theoretically and during exercises and/or group work: Issue Identification - the problem diagnosed with stakeholder involvement; System Design - conceived virtual system; System Formulation - made simulation model; System Assessment - tested model and run for several scenarios; Consultation – stakeholders deliberate the scenarios; followed by implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Many other ICZM aspects and tools will be addressed as well.

Lecturers from partner institutions
• The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde, Germany:
Prof. G. Schernewski, J. Schumacher,
• National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Denmark (DTU), Denmark:
Dr. J. Stottrup, G. Dinesen,
• Marine Research and Technology Center, Klaipeda University, Lithuania:
Prof. R. Povilanskas, Dr. M. Kataržytė, Dr. G. Umgiesser, N. Čerkasova, M. Inácio, D. Karnauskaitė,
• Institute of Ecology, Tallinn University, Estonia:
Dr. A. Kont, Dr. H. Tonisson, P. Valdeko, K. Vilumaa
• Institute of Hydroengineering, Polish Academy of Sciences, Gdansk, Poland:
Dr. M. Bielecka, Dr. K. Rabski (Society for The Coast, Szczecin)
• Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden:
Prof. I. Gren
• Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Latvia:
Prof. R. Ernsteins, Prof. I.Kudrenickis, Dr. J. Lapinskis, A. Urtans, U.Rusmanis.

Target audience
The target groups are master students, young post-graduates up to young PhD students. Summer school will be held in English; therefore a good English language is required.
Work experience in costal research and management field is an advantage.

University of Latvia is hosting this year BONUS BaltCoast Summer School and it will take place in Riga at University premises and in BONUS BaltCoast case study areas in Salacgriva district (Latvia) and Parnu town (Estonia).

Participation costs
There is no course participation fee. Course material, accommodation, lunchtime meals and coffee breaks during the course training days are covered by the BONUS BaltCoast project. Travel costs to/from Riga have to be covered by the participants.

BONUS BaltCoast project Latvian team -
BONUS BaltCoast Summer School 2017 organization
Prof. Raimonds Ernšteins, BONUS BaltCoast coordinator in Latvia
Uģis Rusmanis, administrative coordination,
Department of Environmental Science
Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences
University of Latvia
Riga, Latvia