Beach Wrack Network
Welcome to the Beach Wrack Network
This forum is dedicated to the sustainable management (collection and treatment) of beach wrack in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) whilst protecting beaches as living, natural landscapes. Members are experts and practitioners who can provide advice and information on topics related to beach wrack and its management. The Network is also a stakeholder exchange platform for knowledge, ideas and collaboration.
NATIONAL CONTACTS FOR ALL ENQUIRIES
Germany (Network Administrator)
EUCC - The Coastal Union Germany
Prof. William Hogland
Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic (APC ERB)
University of Tartu, Estonian Marine Institute
18. January 2024
Crowdfunding for building regulatory approval of seagrass as an insulating material
Seagrass is a natural insulation material direct from the Baltic Sea. Seagrass has a particularly good ecological balance: it is regional, is not "manufactured" or grown, but is taken from coastal flotsam, does not require any additives, stores a lot of CO2, and after its use phase it can be disposed of as compost. Two seagrass enthusiasts are trying to get approval for seagrass to be used as an insulating material in public buildings such as kindergartens, schools, churches and community centres. For this, they have set up a crowdfunding page. Find out more about this initiative at startnext.com/seegras
01. January 2024
Happy New Year everyone!
Let's make this a year of cooperation and success.
If you have any beach wrack-related news that you would like to share with the Network send it via email to email@example.com
18. - 20. June 2024
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
More information at seagriculture.eu
10. - 12. December 2024
More information at algaeurope.org/
- Beach wrack of the Baltic Sea – public acceptance and implications for beach management
Hofmann, J., Stybel, N., Lovato, M. et al. Beach wrack of the Baltic Sea – public acceptance and implications for beach management. J Coast Conserv28, 3 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11852-023-00995-3. Link
Human-Induced Hydrological Connectivity: Impacts of Footpaths on Beach Wrack Transport in a Frequently Visited Baltic Coastal Wetland
Karstens S, Kiesel J, Petersen L, Etter K, Schneider von Deimling J, Vafeidis AT and Gross F (2022) Human-Induced Hydrological Connectivity: Impacts of Footpaths on Beach Wrack Transport in a Frequently Visited Baltic Coastal Wetland. Front. Mar. Sci. 9:929274. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2022.929274. Link
- CONTRA (2019-2021) output reports and documents can be found at www.beachwrack-contra.eu/publications
An overview and assessment of the existing technological options for management and resource recovery from beach wrack and dredged sediments: An environmental and economic perspective
Pala,D., Hogland, W. (2022) An overview and assessment of the existing technological options for management and resource recovery from beach wrack and dredged sediments: An environmental and economic perspective. Journal of Environmental Management, vol 302. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.113971. Link
- Beach Wrack Dynamics Using a Camera Trap as the Real-Time Monitoring Tool
Pan, Y. et al.: Beach Wrack Dynamics Using a Camera Trap as the Real-Time Monitoring Tool. Front. Mar. Sci., 24 January 2022. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2022.813516. Link
Converting beach wrack into a resource as a challenge for the Baltic Sea (an overview)
Chubarenko, B., Woelfel, J., Hofmann, J., Aldag, S., Beldowski, J., Burlakovs, J., … Schubert, H. (2020). Converting beach wrack into a resource as a challenge for the Baltic Sea (an overview). Ocean and Coastal Management. Link
- To act as a support facility for policymakers, environmental/conservation groups, public authorities, and marine resource management/recycling companies on topics related to beach wrack
- The promotion & communication of sustainable beach wrack management policies and operations in the BSR
- The promotion and positioning of already managed beach wrack within the bio-economy
- To open doors on public/private cooperation for the sustainable reuse of collected beach wrack
- To engage stakeholders in local decision-making processes and to raise public/next-generation awareness
- To act as a focus and catalyst for innovation, research and training on beach wrack-related topics
- To provide scientific advice on general and specific matters relating to beach wrack and its management
- To raise awareness across different scientific communities, EU and further afield, to improve integration of research activities.
The network is a multi-discipline and transnational forum. Members include local authority representatives, beach managers, landowners, coastal engineers, landscape historians, national political decision-makers, nature conservationists, students & scientists, industry representatives, resource managers, private enterprises, and representatives of the tourism industry, amongst others. Our tasks are mostly based on a variety of personal interests to ignite a broad and lively discussion - thus creating a unique and dedicated beach wrack forum.
Joining the Beach Wrack Network is free and without commitment. Members receive an e-mail every year about the Network’s activities, and from time to time information about beach wrack relevant news.
If you would like to be part of the network, please fill in the membership form below and return it by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your contact details (name and email address) may be shared with other network members but only for purposes relating to network activities. You have the right to cancel at any time whereby your data will be deleted.
The BEACH WRACK NETWORK is based on voluntary work.
The foundations for the NETWORK were established during the EU Interreg project ‚CONTRA‘ (2019-2021) https://www.beachwrack-contra.eu/. It now lives on after the project funding period, addressing the identified need for further collaboration and exchange on the topic of sustainable beach wrack management.
If you have any questions or require more information, please contact
EUCC – The Coastal Union Germany