SAVE THE DATE – Innovative Approaches in the coastal wetlands management

Atanasovsko lake. Photo credit Lagoon of Life project
Atanasovsko lake. Photo credit: Lagoon of Life project

SAVE THE DATE - LIFE platform meeting on ‘’Innovative approaches in the coastal wetlands management’’

July 27, 2022


This LIFE platform meeting will address integrated and innovative approaches to coastal wetlands, birds and habitats conservation. Sharing the successful management models and strategies will allow not only focus on the strict replication aspects but will also target related aspects like scaling-up, demonstration and mainstreaming. Following the main objective of the Biodiversity strategy to 2030 to restore degraded ecosystems, in particular those with the most potential to capture and store carbon, prevent and reduce the impact of natural disasters, relevant experience will be presented and discussed.

The coastal wetlands play an important role in the regional economy, however increasing human pressure could limit the economic and ecological services provided by these ecosystems. That is why managing human interventions in a way that enables them to safeguard their existence but could also cause their disappearance from the coastal landscape.

Main topics

LIFE projects are invited to participate in the meeting which will address the following issues in 4 panel sessions:

  1. Coastal wetland governance and cross-sectoral cooperation
  • Public participation and legislation-related matters amongst the citizens, NGOs, public administrations, local and national governmental structures.
  • Developing and implementing strategies and policies and/or developing and using innovative tools and actions to promote, monitor and enforce compliance with binding EU instruments on wetland conservation and biodiversity.
  • Innovative tools for citizen involvement and participation, as well as information systems operated by public authorities.
  • Financing for coastal wetlands management.
  1. Climate change mitigation and adaption of coastal wetlands
  • Climate change adaptation techniques in coastal wetlands management. Modeling and future scenarios.
  • Management of the risk associated with climate change (for example watershed management and integrated flood risk management).
  • Coastal wetlands impact on emissions and natural enhancement of carbon sink.
  • Coastal wetlands as nature-based solutions. Case-study and lessons learned from the Black-sea and Mediterranean region.
  1. Innovative restoration, conservation and monitoring approaches
  • Demonstrating new site management approaches for restoration and conservation of coastal wetlands.
  • Improving the condition of species or habitats through area-based conservation or restoration measures.
  • Monitoring techniques in measuring the impact of the conservation measures.
  • Case studies and lessons learned for better understanding on the role of monitoring and actions on monitored information.
  1. The socio-economic value of coastal wetlands
  • Demonstration of environmental benefits and socio-economic value of coastal wetlands.
  • Fostering pro-biodiversity business ventures to improve the wetland ecosystems and to develop sustainable livelihoods.

During the Platform meeting special attention will be paid to identifying not only the output and outcome-based lessons, but specifically the process based ones (e.g. the novel approaches), as well as the problem based (e.g negative learnings to avoid a repeat).

The objective of the meeting is to gather European best practices from coastal areas for their sustainable management and to be a key event at the Black Sea in the frame of the #LIFEis30 campaign.


Who is the webinar for?

LIFE projects and managers & practitioners of Mediterranean wetlands.


Date, venue and registration

The LIFE Platform Meeting will be held on October 12-13, in Burgas, Bulgaria.

You can register here:

Deadline for registration: 15.09.2022

Deadline for sending title of the presentation and short abstract (250 words): 25.09.2022


More information:

The programme will include a plenary session (one and a half working days) and a field visit (half-day). The meeting will be a hybrid event – a “live” in-person event in Burgas with a “virtual” online component. It will also provide opportunities for networking and sharing experiences. A special publication will be developed with the abstract from the presentations of the participants. All outcomes from the platform meeting will be made available online.

The event is kindly hosted by the Lagoon of LIFE project/ LIFE17 NAT/BG/000558 that is focused on maintaining the Man-Lake Symbiosis for the benefit of species and habitats of EU conservation concern. It is taking actions for full-scale restoration of the ecological processes, establishing a self-sustaining and financially viable mechanism to allow for the long-term conservation management of the lagoon and promoting the benefits generated by the Natura 2000 site Atanasovsko Lake.



Diyana Kostovska, Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF), Project manager of the Lagoon of Life project

Dr Petar Iankov, BSPB/BirdLife Bulgaria, Ornithologist of Lagoon of Life project

Gloriya Marinova, Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation

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