Abstract: Workshop proceedings on collaborative scoping of solutions, Lake Pyhäjärvi/River Yläneenjoki catchment, Finland
As part of REFRESH WP6 Task 6.3 (Scoping the solutions) a stakeholder workshop was held in Kauttua, southwest Finland on October 10 2011. The workshop explored the views of local stakeholders on both small scale and regional water protection measures and their adaptation under changing climate in the Lake Pyhäjärvi region. The participants represented major stakeholder groups from water protection, agriculture and fisheries sectors as well as municipalities.
Workshop discussions were held in three groups. One of the groups focused on agriculture water protection measures, one on fishing as a restoration measure and one on development trends in the region's economy.
The water protection group concluded that the various current water protection measures should be continued and further developed. Improvements are needed especially in targeting the measures to the most optimal locations. The group's discussion focused mostly on more strategic developments. It was felt that more attention should be given to soil structure and composition, to water management at field and catchment levels and to the development of organic production than is currently the case. Climate change will increase nutrient discharges, which will requires more attention to water protection.
Fishing as a lake restoration measure was discussed in the second group. The group perceived that this is effective and its continuance should be guaranteed. Restoration fishing is effective in removing nutrients from the lake system via food-web alterations and this has already resulted in clearer water and an increase in valuable fish species in Lake Pyhäjärvi. Profitability of restoration fishing is a challenge. Today it is dependent on funding and subsidies but in the long run restoration fishing should become self-sufficient. The region still has active commercial fishing, which is a prerequisite for continuance of the measure. Climate change can hamper restoration fishing as it is to large extent dependent on ice cover during winters. Technical development of fishing methods is a way to ensure adaptation.
The third group focused on factors that influence the region's socio-economic development now and in the future. The region has a strong, shared economic strategy that is largely built upon agriculture and processing of food. The strategy is relying on locally and responsibly produced food, which brings agricultural water protection issues into the core of the strategy. In the future agriculture will be directed more towards production of special crops (root crops, vegetables and possibly oil plants). Lake Pyhäjärvi protection activities are an important asset for the region's economic strategy.
This is a publically available deliverable. The target audience includes members of the REFRESH consortium, stakeholders in the Lake Pyhäjärvi catchment, scientists and managers interested in adaptation measures for freshwaters and, more broadly, those involved in engagement activities between scientists, managers, land owners etc with freshwater interests.
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