AMBIO Volume 43, Issue 1, February 2014 OUT NOW
Special Issue: BONUS+ in Support of the Ecosystem Approach to Management in the Baltic Sea
This OPEN ACCESS special issue of AMBIO provides a synopsis of the results of the policy driven and multidisciplinary BONUS+ programme 2009-2011. BONUS+ provides the current top research about the state of the Baltic Sea system for the policymakers and other end users with a stake in the ecosystem approach to management in the Baltic Sea. BONUS, and with it the BONUS+ pilot programme, serves also other European regional seas and beyond as the first model of its kind designed for supporting the development of science-based management.
The BONUS+ projects address environmental challenges in the Baltic Sea as defined by the Baltic Sea Action Plan, or consider the environmental governance and decision making within the Baltic Sea context in general. Eutrophication, biodiversity, hazardous substances, maritime activities, and the environment governance are addressed, as are crosscutting issues, such as the impact of climate change, maritime spatial planning and impacts of future development on ecosystem services.
The BONUS+ projects contributed to relevant policy developments: 37 consultations carried out at EU level, 49 modifications to policy documents and action plans, 153 suggestions for the efficacy of pertinent public policies and governance, and in 570 occasions, scientists working in BONUS+ projects served as members or observers in scientific and stakeholder committees.
Following the introductory article to BONUS+, an overview of the outcomes of 10 of BONUS+ projects is provided in this special issue. Hard copies will be available in February 2014.
AMBIO Volume 43, Issue 1, February 2014