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The project will be realised in cooperation with Finnish, Estonian and Latvian research and governance organisations, and will aim at supporting more sustainable planning in the two transnational pilot areas of Finland-Estonia in the Gulf of Finland and of Estonia-Latvia in the Gulf of Riga. MAREA will develop an innovative approach to integrate ecosystem structure and functioning with the benefits produced, including the regulating of services that sustain life. In particular, the project will advance the assessment methodology and take the cumulative impacts of human activities on the environment into account, by expanding the ecosystem accounting approach in the Baltic Sea environment. To this aim, the MAREA project will take advantage of the work carried out for the earlier experience of the Sustainability Compass within the earlier KITA project for the Office of the Finnish Prime Ministry. The Sustainability Compass will be further developed and embedded in a geospatial decision-support platform. MAREA will also build upon the already existing MARES geospatial toolkit and the Eco-GAME meta-evaluation framework realised for the BONUS MARES project just completed.
See also Baltic Environmental Forum website: https://www.bef.lv/projekti/marea/
MAREA will pave the way for an integrated Economic-Ecological model (Eco2) that performs a multi-dimensional and systemic evaluation of the SDGs in support to governance for sustainability. This is based on the achievement of human non-negotiable basic needs and rights within the limits resources available (bounded capabilities). The Eco2, by mean of the Sustainability Compass, will attempt to combine different metrics that can help identifying actions and necessary performance levels in pursuit of Agenda 2030 and deepen understanding of the sustainable use of common/joint natural resources in the Baltic Sea area. This will facilitate the re-understanding and social learning about how human actions can be planned and performed according as embedded into natural cycles, which are the ultimate bottom line to be maintained for human life. At the same time, the Eco2 approach will improve understanding the most important human basic human needs to be accomplished for well-being from a less subjective perspective of individual preferences. This means building a culture based on scientific evidence and ethics, which are ‘intellectual and moral virtues’ towards wisdom.
Interreg Central Baltic Programme
Syke, University of Tartu, Baltic Environmental Forum
Matti Valonen, Marjo Maidell
Maurizio Sajeva, 050 551 9125 e-mail: maurizio.sajeva(at)ptt.fi