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Baltic Health Index
The Baltic Sea is under considerable strain due to emissions and other pressures on the ecosystem. This in turn affects the social-ecological services it provides to the roughly 90 million people inhabiting the drainage area.
Amid a range of initiatives and programmes to improve the state of the Baltic Sea, few have been successful in incorporating the social, ecological and financial factors that all contribute to a new tool for decision-makers in the region. The tool, called The Baltic Health Index, is an 18-month regional assessment of the Sea's health and provides an integrated measure on how sustainable the oceans are managed by using available data from many different disciplines.
Here Centre researcher Torsten Blenckner and Julie Stewart from University of California explain the Baltic Health Index.
The project is funded by Baltic Ecosystem Adaptive Management, BEAM, a research programme on ecosystem-based management of the Baltic Sea, Baltic Eye and the Johansson Family Foundation.