Beach Wrack Network
Welcome to the Beach Wrack Network
This forum is dedicated to the sustainable management (collection and treatment) of beach wrack in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) whilst protecting beaches as living, natural landscapes. Members are experts and practitioners who can provide advice and information on topics related to beach wrack and its management. The Network is also a stakeholder exchange platform for knowledge, ideas and collaboration.
NATIONAL CONTACTS FOR ALL ENQUIRIES
Germany (Network Administrator)
EUCC - The Coastal Union Germany
Prof. William Hogland
Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic (APC ERB)
University of Tartu, Estonian Marine Institute
04 January 2022
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you were all able to enjoy some relaxing time with friends and family over the festive period.
To set the scene for 2022 and the possibilities that lie ahead of us to cooperate, here is a link to the newly published video ‘Cast Algae and Erosion of the Baltic Coast: Two Problems, One Solution’ produced by the Atlantic Branch of the IO RAS, Kaliningrad (EN subtitles) within the framework of the project CONTRA https://youtu.be/Zns8vU-z4TA
30 August 2021
Project CONTRA output reports are now available for download at https://www.beachwrack-contra.eu/publications/. They include a comprehensive overview of ecological, socio-economic, blue economy aspects and the legal framework surrounding beach wrack management.
14 June 2021
Presentations from the final conference of the project GRASS (Growing Algae Sustainably in the Baltic Sea) are now available. More information at submariner-network.eu
09 June 2021
The beach wrack debate & discussion session from the successful CONTRA final conference are now online to view. https://youtube.com/channel/UCPDxAiDV9FjaAT9okmRNprg…
More information about the event plus presentations can be found at https://bit.ly/3py3w66
European Maritime Day: Ravenna
19-20 May 2022
More information at ec.europa.eu
4th Baltic Earth Conference
30 May 2022 - 03 June 2022
More information and registration at baltic-earth.eu
Seagriculture Conference EU 2022
29-30 June 2022
More information and registration at seagriculture.eu
Littoral 2022 Conference
12-16 September 2022
More information and registration at littoral22.com
13 - 15 December 2022 in Rome
More information at algaeurope.org
- CONTRA (2019-2021) output reports and documents can be found at www.beachwrack-contra.eu/publications
An overview and assessment of the existing technological options for management and resource recovery from beach wrack and dredged sediments: An environmental and economic perspective
Pala,D., Hogland, W. (2022) An overview and assessment of the existing technological options for management and resource recovery from beach wrack and dredged sediments: An environmental and economic perspective. Journal of Environmental Management, vol 302. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.113971. Link
- Beach Wrack Dynamics Using a Camera Trap as the Real-Time Monitoring Tool
Pan, Y. et al.: Beach Wrack Dynamics Using a Camera Trap as the Real-Time Monitoring Tool. Front. Mar. Sci., 24 January 2022. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2022.813516. Link
Converting beach wrack into a resource as a challenge for the Baltic Sea (an overview)
Chubarenko, B., Woelfel, J., Hofmann, J., Aldag, S., Beldowski, J., Burlakovs, J., … Schubert, H. (2020). Converting beach wrack into a resource as a challenge for the Baltic Sea (an overview). Ocean and Coastal Management. Link
- To act as a support facility for policy makers, environmental/conservation groups, public authorities, marine resource management/recycling companies on topics related to beach wrack
- The promotion & communication of sustainable beach wrack management policies and operations in the BSR
- The promotion and positioning of already managed beach wrack within the bio-economy
- To open doors on public / private cooperation for the sustainable reuse of collected beach wrack
- To engage stakeholders in local decision making processes and to raise public/next generation awareness
- To act as a focus and catalyst for innovation, research and training on beach wrack related topics
- To provide scientific advice on general and specific matters relating to beach wrack and its management
- To raise awareness across different scientific communities, EU and further afield, to improve integration of research activities.
The network is a multi-discipline and transnational forum. Members include local authority representatives, beach managers, landowners, coastal engineers, landscape historians, national political decision-makers, nature conservationists, students & scientists, industry representatives, resource managers, private enterprises, and representatives of the tourism industry, amongst others. Our tasks are mostly based on a variety of personal interests so as to ignite a broad and lively discussion - thus creating a unique and dedicated beach wrack forum.
Joining the Beach Wrack Network is free and without commitment. Members receive an e-mail every year about the Network’s activities, and from time to time information about beach wrack relevant news.
If you would like to be part of the network, please fill in the membership form below and return it by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your contact details (name and email address) may be shared with other network members but only for purposes relating to network activities. You have the right to cancel at any time whereby your personal data will be deleted.
The BEACH WRACK NETWORK is based on voluntary work.
The foundations for the NETWORK were established during the EU Interreg project ‚CONTRA‘ (2019-2021) https://www.beachwrack-contra.eu/. It now lives on after the project funding period, addressing the identified need for further collaboration and exchange on the topic of sustainable beach wrack management.
If you have any questions or require more information, please contact
EUCC – The Coastal Union Germany