Sessions and side events

List of sessions and workshops

ICZM – case studies and experiences. Convenors: Kathy Belpaeme, Christine Clus-Auby, Robbert Misdorp, Maria Ferreira

Invited are contributions about Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) developments, best practise case studies, experiences and ICM related applied coastal research issues, for example on ecosystem services, coastal sustainability indicators and adaptation to coastal hazards.

GIS & marine spatial planning. Convenors: David R. Green, Holger Janssen, Nerijus Blažauskas

International contributions are invited on the application of GIS tools and techniques to coastal and marine spatial planning as the basis for developing more effective spatio-temporal management and multi-level governance of maritime affairs.  This may include for example: the development of GIS tools and techniques, case studies, and legal aspects.

Coastal protection management. Convenors: Francisco Taveiro-Pinto, Saulius Gulbinskas, Peter Fröhle, Jacobus Hofstede

The contributions can cover a wide spectrum i) coastal protection: concepts, strategies, policy and planning, ii) risk assessment and management, iii) coastal engineering structures, iv) sediment transport and shoreline changes as well as v) coastal hazards and hydrodynamics

Coastal and marine nature conservation. Convenors: Darius Daunys, Fred van der Velgte, Kazimierz Rabski, Martynas Bučas (supported by LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity project DENOFLIT)

Invited are concepts, experiences and case studies on coastal and marine nature conservation and management, policy implementation (e.g. Natura 2000, Marine Protected Areas (MPA)) and supporting applied research. Especially MPAs are an important instrument to safeguard biodiversity and functioning of coastal and marine ecosystems, therefore contributions on: i) site evaluation criteria for benthic habitats, bird and fish populations, ii) connectivity aspects of marine sites, iii) integration of ecosystem approaches and principles of Marine Strategy Framework Directive in designation and management of MPAs or iv) parameters to be used for monitoring of MPAs biodiversity and functioning, are especially welcome (updated)

River basin – coast interactions. Convenors: Svajūnas Plungė, Georg Umgiesser, Rene Friedland, Thomas Neumann, Martin Volk

The aim of this session is to evaluate the current knowledge on the inter-linkages of river basins and coastal zones and effects of river basins on coastal water quality. Invited are for example: multidisciplinary contributions from field-based and/or modelling approaches and studies that provide insights into these various linkages across scales and contributions covering integrated management and sustainable development of river basin-coastal sea systems as well as the implementation of policies, like the Water Framework Directive. Approaches that link integrated management with the ecosystem services approach are also welcome.

Coastal dune management. Convenors: Maike Isermann, Ramūnas Povilanskas, Paul Rooney

The session will deal with all aspects of dune management, which enhance the natural values of coastal dune systems. Important topics for the session will be geo-ecological dune values (ecosystem services) with a focus on climate change, dune conservation and management and interactions with the marine ecosystem, natural pattern and processes of dunes in relation to dune biodiversity, macro scale, long term sustainable nature conservation, information and communication technologies (ICT tools) in coastal dune monitoring and conservation.

Coastal management and aquaculture. Convenors: Antanas Kontautas, Peter Krost, Nardine Stybel

The theme will be focused on the interdisciplinary aspects of aquaculture in connection with coastal management at large including co-existence with wind farms and fishery

Coastal fisheries management. Convenors: Antanas Kontautas, Nardine Stybel, Nerijus Nika

The theme will include various aspects of coastal fisheries management including ecosystem approach management to coastal fisheries: comparison of management approaches in Northern vs Southern Europe Marine Protected Areas.

Coastal lagoon management. Convenors: Ali Erturk, Angel Perez-Ruzafa, Georg Umgiesser

This multidisciplinary theme will focus on conflicts and synergies in the management and conservation of coastal lagoon resources (fisheries, eutrophication coastal protection, recreation, coastal engineering and sediment management). Cross-border lagoon management experience will be presented as an output from international projects.

Coastal climate change adaptation. Convenors: Magdalena Muir, Marija Kataržytė, Robbert Misdorp

Sea level rise, more intense storm surges, and other climate change impacts have serious threats to sensitive coastal habitats and people communities living along the coast. The solutions and approaches dealing with enhancing the resilience of the coastal ecosystems to the changing climate: storm buffer and coastal habitat restoration, drinking and
bathing water quality management and other studies are welcomed to this session.

 Preparing to Adapt with Young Professionals (for young scientists). Convenors: Maria Ferreira, Marija Kataržytė, Robbert Misdorp

The coastal zones are subject to great and fast changes. One of the messages of the ‘Climate of Coastal Cooperation’ production ( is that sharing experiences and increased capacity building are essential in addressing these rapid changes. This has led to the creation of  the Young Professionals’ Coastal Community – YPCC  initiative, familiarising students with ICZM concepts and tools. Involving young professionals from Universities (of Applied Sciences) was successfully demonstrated during the Littoral 2012 conference (YPCC Brochure 2013: You are welcome to participate in the session ‘Preparing to Adapt’, where students from the North Sea and the Baltic Sea areas will present their cases sharing their vision on the long term coastal development in ‘their’ particular coastal area.

Detailed programme of YPCC Workshop is available here.

Workshop “Green Coastal Tourism: Networking and Delivering Expertise” Moderators: Albert Salman (CMU–EUCC, QualityCoast), prof. Ramunas Povilanskas (EUCC Baltic Office, Klaipeda University), and Suzanne van der Veeken (Green Destinations).

Workshop will be organized within the conference’s framework on September 23 to 24, 2014 in Klaipeda, Lithuania

Workshop is dedicated to municipal leaders and experts that are in charge of environmental management and / or tourism development in coastal municipalities around the Baltic Sea.

Participants shall gain latest insights in sustainable coastal tourism, and learn how to make coastal municipalities more attractive to visitors. It is the first event in the series of training events on combining environmental management and tourism development in coastal municipalities. More information about the workshop and future events in the series is here.

Detailed programme of the workshop Green Coastal Tourism: Networking and Delivering Expertise” at Littoral’2014 is here.

Participants to the workshop have to register at the Littoral’14 conference here and pay a workshop participant’s fee (50 €) here.

If interested, participants to the workshop are also welcome to attend the entire conference, mid-conference excursion while paying a full conference fee.

Interactive performative workshop ‘The Eridanos Expedition’ by philosopher Bram Esser and designer Francois Lombarts (supported by Netherlands Embassy)

The scientific input of the participants is regarded as essentially valuable for the development of the project Expedition Eridanos and the collaboration between Satellietgroep, based in The Netherlands, and Nida Art Colony in Lithuania. In exchange this workshop will offer the participants of Littoral 2014 new approaches of the coastal transitions both countries experience.
Participants of the workshop will be taken ‘outside’ and approach the world as an undiscovered place where mystery lurks and adventure awaits you.
Participants will be asked to experience, develop and present their own ‘view’, through which you perceive the coastal landscape. The workshop will aim to combine these different perceptions of the landscape, into one portrait or multi dimensional viewing experience.

Detailed description of workshop is here.

Side events

EUCC Baltic States Office 20th anniversary celebration