Inventory and development of monitoring programme for nature values in Estonian marine areas (NEMA)
The general aim of the project is to contribute to the establishment of favourable conservation status of marine nature values in Estonian territorial waters and EEZ in the North Eeast Baltic Sea. Specifically project will deal with development of criteria for defining the favourable conservation status of marine habitat types, development and testing of the monitoring and assessment methods for different habitat types, perform inventories of habitats in potentially suitable areas of EEZ and Natura 2000 sites so far not covered by habitat inventories, perform one series of monitoring to define the status and quality of marine habitat types in different areas of Estonian territorial waters and EEZ, perform a detailed inventory of waterbirds in a selected area in Estonian EEZ and develop monitoring programme for marine birds, develop and test the monitoring method for ringed seals.
Project is planning to achieve the following outcomes/deliverables:
Report on establishment of criteria for favourable conservation status of Habitats Directive’s Annex I marine habitat types in Estonian coastal sea.
Map of distribution of HD Annex I marine habitat types and EUNIS level 3 habitat complexes in Estonian EEZ.
Report on results of inventories of marine habitat types in areas of EEZ where modelling predicted ocurrence of those habitat types with detailed map and biological and physical data.
Report on results of inventories of marine habitat types in Natura 2000 areas previously not covered by inventories with detailed map and biological and physical data
Report on distribution of non-nesting waterbirds in territorial sea and results of inventories in pilot areas in EEZ.
Distribution maps of waterbirds in territorial sea and pilot areas in EEZ .
Methodological guidelines and monitoring programme for marine birds
Report on monitoring methodology for establishing conservation status of marine habitat types in Estonia sea areas.
Report on conservation status of marine habitat types of Annex I of HD in larger basins of Estonian coastal sea and EEZ – Gulf of Finland, Gulf of Riga, Baltic Proper and West Estonian Archipelago Sea.
Report on new, alternative methodology for monitoring of the ringed seals in the Estonian marine areas.
Scientific papers on developed and tested concepts and methodologies .
Summary publication on project results.
Project is fincanced by EEA Grants, Estonian Environmental Investment Centre and Estonian Ministry of the Environment
Project is implemented by Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu together with partners from Estonia (University of Life Sciences, Baltic Environmental Forum, Pro Mare) and from Norway (GRID-Arendal)