Blekinge Archipelago

Source: MAB Committee, Sweden

Blekinge Archipelago is characterized by a mosaic landscape and a complex history of land use.

Therefore, the zonation in Blekinge Archipelago varies between different
sections of the landscape in which high values for nature and culture exist.

For Blekinge Archipelago it is essential to further discuss the zonation and also to develop tools including criteria that handle zonation in a more dynamic way.

Declaration Date: 2011
Surface Area: 212,797 ha

Size of terrestrial Core Area(s): 5,800 ha.
Size of marine Core Area(s): 15,000 ha.

Size of terrestrial Buffer Zone(s): 16,000 ha.
Size of marine Buffer Zone(s): 31 000 ha.

Approximate size of terrestrial Transition Area(s): 35,000 ha.
Size of marine Transition Area(s): 110, 000 ha.

Human Activities

© Erika Axelsson
Fishing (Blekinge Archipelago) Sweden

Humans have been part of and shaped the landscape since the end of the last ice age.

Blekinge Archipelago is today a unique environment and very attractive for residents, tourist activities and for outdoor recreation. Sustainable development requires that we can both preserve and exploit the natural and cultural values that exist in the area, that there are economic activities and services of various kinds, and that innovation and entrepreneur ship are stimulated.

Sustainable development of Blekinge Archipelago needs to build on the existing landscape and its character and circumstances.

Ecological characteristics

Blekinge Archipelago, includes most of the coastal areas and archipelagos of Blekinge in the southeast of Sweden. With over 200,000 ha, the biosphere reserve comprises landscapes of granite coastline with the accompanying archipelago containing a variety of islands and islets. The area is marked by a rich natural and cultural heritage, as well as the strong commitment of local people to maintain the social and economic dynamics of the region through innovative thinking and entrepreneurship, alongside the development of energy efficient and environmentally friendly technologies. Joint research is being carried out by municipalities and universities on the sustainable use of coastal resources. 

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