Mediating integrated actions for sustainable ecosystem services in a changing climate

Coordinator: Karin Tonderski, Linköping University
Total budget: EUR 1.9 million
Duration: 3,3 years, 1.4.2015-31.7.2018

Summaries of annual reports:
BONUS MIRACLE year 2 report
BONUS MIRACLE year 1 report

BONUS MIRACLE will approach ecosystem services by policy instruments that acknowledge interlinkages between eutrophication, flood management, biodiversity, coastal water quality & human health. The objective is to identify, measure and recommend cost-efficient solutions in the Baltic Sea region, through modelling, visualisation, stakeholder dialogues and social learning. BONUS MIRACLE will also identify how institutional settings have shaped governance structures and policy instrument choices and provide road maps on opportunities for improved integration of agricultural, environmental and risk management policies adapted to a changing climate. By creating a forum for dialogue between researchers and stakeholders in case study areas in Latvia, Poland, Sweden and Germany, consensus building and priority settings will be used to develop roadmaps and new models of governance from trade-offs between different objectives. Cost-benefit analyses of priority measures will be linked to interactive modelling of sources and the magnitude of eutrophication and floods in a changing climate. Impact scenarios of measures suggested by stakeholders to reduce floods and eutrophication will be modelled, and the impact on e.g. biodiversity, human health and biosecurity assessed. Finally, recommendations for innovative governance structures and instruments will be formulated, including payment for ecosystem services, in order to improve incentives for provision of sustainable ecosystem services.

Keywords: ecosystem services, eutrophication and flood modelling, innovative governance, social learning, visualisation

Partners: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Poland

Introductory article: see page 6 of BONUS in Brief May 2015