About the project

The aim of the Econnect project is to visualize the probable effects of climate change on the aquatic environment in the Gulf of Bothnia. That will be done by producing a comprehensive map of future distribution scenarios of underwater biotopes and keystone species by applying geographic modelling methods. The geographic models will be based on future climatic scenarios from the Swedish meteorological and hydrological institute (SMHI) and the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI). The goal is to predict the occurrence of and connectivity between biotopes and keystone species by the year 2100. The project will also investigate how climate change affects important marine ecosystem services in the region.

The main goal is that the Econnect project will help us to understand the effects of climate change and convey important information that can be used to improve the societal planning. The result will also be accessible for the people living in the area.

The Econnect project is an Interreg Botnia-Atlantica VA ongoing between 1.6.2018 – 30.11.2021. Project partners are The County Administrative Board of Västerbotten, The County Administrative Board of Västernorrland, Parks & Wildlife Finland and South Ostrobothnia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.

Workshop for planners and climate experts

ECOnnect held an online workshop 21.1.2021. The aim of the workshop was to find out what kind of information is needed in the project area regarding the impact of climate change on the Gulf of Bothnia. We also wanted to discover the best ways to publish the project’s results.

The map shows ECOnnect's project area on the Gulf of Bothnia.