Biodiversity Patterns & Processes
research program aimed to increase knowledge and develop tools
for the management of coastal zone biodiversity
number of national and international political decisions and
commitments focus on biodiversity protection and management,
for example the Swedish national governmental goals for the
environment, the EU Habitat Directive and the Rio Convention.
For the political goals to be achievable, however, research
and scientific syntheses are urgent.
is a scientific program with the general objective to provide
increased knowledge and end-user directed guidelines for the
management of coastal marine biodiversity in Swedish waters.
main important research directions in the program is to:
have chosen a set of five Scandinavian model biotopes to work
with. Four of the chosen biotopes are common and considered
as important coastal biotopes covering a large part of the benthic
substrates from 1-15 m depth. These are shallow macrophyte vegetation,
fucoid seaweed zones, blue mussel beds and shallow soft sediments.
The fifth, deep water coral ecosystems, is representative of
unique hotspot biotope of Scandinavian waters.
program is financed by the Swedish Environmental Protection
Agency (SEPA) and started in september 2001. It is planned
to run for 5 years. About 30 persons, including 18 senior researchers
and 11 PhD students, are engaged in the program. MARBIPP is
headed by a steering group and there will be contacts during
the program period with a stakeholder committee.
to MARBIPP homepage