Leisure boating is contributing to the high levels of contaminants in the Baltic Sea. Nearly 30% of the Swedish Baltic Sea leisure boats use an overload of copper that is not necessary considering the relatively mild fouling pressure in the Baltic Sea. Changes in policy, infrastructures and practices are suggested to combat the problem.
Aim and goal
The project aim has been to provide a deep understanding of how individual behaviour and attitudes are linked to governance structures and in the end policy performance.
Leisure boating is contributing to the high levels of contaminants in the Baltic Sea. The challenge is to propose how a change in behaviour among boat owners can be achieved to the benefit of the Baltic Sea coastal ecosystem.
The outcome of CHANGE is a thorough understanding of how the linkages between individual attitudes, behavior, market actors and the legal framework shape the environmental policy performance in the field of toxins from the use of antifouling paints.
For example, antifouling practices are not only a matter of individual choices but rather dependent on structural and cultural conditions, boating lifestyle and marina infrastructure.
3 945 363 Euro
Life below water