These pictures serves as a poignant reminder of the beauty that exists everywhere else than in cities or where humans have been present for a long time. In many ways, what we call ‘nature’ is simply an area where human impact has not yet been felt. These images show little to no human presence.
The impact that is visible here is often the result of our effort to access the landscape and revel in the beauty of the surrounding untouched world. When we look at the places where we are not and where nature have been left alone, we are often struck by an overwhelming sense of time. In stark contrast to the relatively recent development seen in other parts of the exhibition – most of those places were constructed in the last century – the images in this part often show geographic forms that were developed over an almost unfathomable timespan. The shifting flows of a river, the sprawling swirls of a geological formation, or the gradual rise of a mountain all took place over hundreds of human generations. The scale of our newfound thirst for unending growth and modern development pales in comparison to what has developed in these places.
People feel good in forests and green areas. Green rehab works for people who are long-term sick and stay in nature offsets stress symptoms. Children get better motor skills the more they move in the forest. Blekinge's deciduous forest coast and archipelago have no equivalent in the country. There are over a hundred nature reserves here to preserve areas for recreation and outdoor life. So go on a journey of discovery - and feel good!
Research reports from several institutes show the same things: that we feel better when we live close to water and nature. It is not least important when growing up. Children who lack proximity to green areas may be at increased risk of mental health problems and stress. Children who grow up close to nature receive better recovery and more stimulation when it comes to feeling and smell. Above all, they have greater opportunities to run and play in nature, which has positive effects on both the body and the brain.
University of change
For over 20 years, Karlskrona has attracted creative people from all corners of the earth to attend some of the pioneering education programs offered. Here, for example, there is the university with its research in strategic with sustainable development that has been considered internationally leading. The programs include "Strategic leadership for sustainability" where students are provided with tools to make sustainability happen in different contexts. To date, over 700 students from a total of 86 countries have completed the education.
Right of public access
In Sweden and Blekinge we have a unique opportunity to move freely in nature thanks to the right of public access. Our nature is open to everyone, whether you live or visit our country. Scan the QR code on the sign and watch the films.
Blekinge's coast and archipelago are known to be green, often all the way down to the water's edge. Did you know that an oak, Blekinge's landscape tree, that can stand freely can grow for 300 years and live for another 300 years to finally die for 300 years? Meanwhile, up to 1500 species are able to establish themselves and live in symbiosis with the tree. If the oak stands in pasture, the species richness becomes even greater.
Among all the islands and islets calm water is formed, called "bleke” in swedish, hence the name Blekinge. The many shallow bays and hard bottoms of cliffs and boulders are heated in early spring and form an irreplaceable habitat and breeding ground for about half of all animal species in the marine area. Keeping the Baltic Sea free of eutrophication is therefore a big deal
The Baltic Sea in numbers
- The Baltic Sea is today almost completely surrounded by land.
- More than 85 million people live here, distributed in all, or part of, 14 countries.
- The surface of the Baltic Sea measures 387,000 km2 and the total water volume is 21,200 km3.
- The average depth is 56 meters and the maximum depth, found at Landsort, measures 459 meters.
Bees play a very important role in the ecosystem through their pollination of flowers. They live in dry, warm and flowery environments that are becoming increasingly rare, and therefore bees are also decreasing in number. In Blekinge there are several red listed bees, some of which have special action programs to increase their chances of survival. In several places you need to recreate the environments of the bees in order for them to succeed. One thing you can do to promote wild bees yourself is to grow flowers that they like. Then the biodiversity in general increases and the chances of the bees to survive increase. You can also build a simple bee hotel that they can move into.
Welcome to Blekinge Archipelago - In the future as well
These are the words that run like a green thread through the Blekinge Archipelago. The coastal area and the archipelago have been designated as a biosphere reserve, which means, among other things, that through various types of projects we will support the region's entrepreneurs with a focus on sustainability, both social and ecological. It creates a vibrant society with a thriving economy and increased tourism. In addition, it gives us the opportunity to test new forms of collaboration and entrepreneurship that also inspire others to go for sustainable development.
The word biosphere means everything living on earth. In other words: We will ensure that the archipelago's nature and biodiversity are preserved. Then our children and their grandchildren can pick the same meadow flowers, see the same bird species and feed the same fish as we do today.
The city in the sea
Karlskrona is built in the middle of Sweden's southernmost archipelago consisting of 1650 islands and islets - from Hasslö in the west to Utlängan in the east. The city is located in Blekinge County which also has over a hundred unique nature reserves and forest coasts that have no equivalent in the country. In 1998, UNESCO namned Karlskrona a World Heritage Site just like the Great Wall of China, Venice, Versailles, Taj Mahal and the Great Barrier Reef. The world heritage consists of the cultural and natural environments in the world that are considered the most outstanding and of great importance to the whole of humanity.