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11.04.2016 09:06

BONUS BALTICAPP workshop on scenarios envisaged the future of the Baltic Sea area

The BONUS BALTICAPP project together with the BONUS Secretariat organised a pilot workshop on scenarios on 6-7 April 2016 in Helsinki.

How will the Baltic Sea change in 100 years? How does climate change affect the Baltic Sea? How can we sustain the valuable services that the sea provides us? This clustering initiative gathered together more than 40 researchers and stakeholders from six BONUS projects and other organisations interested in seeking answers to difficult questions and in exploring the challenges of securing the future flow of marine ecosystem services in the Baltic Sea. During the two days, the first steps were taken in exploring and developing storylines for future development of multiple regional drivers and pressures affecting the Baltic Sea.

After presentations and panel discussion about scenarios on global and regional level, and different uses of identified scenarios in research and policy support, the participants in three break-out groups worked in more detail around key topics of eutrophication, biodiversity and risks of marine traffic.

One important goal for the work now started in the workshop is to create a generalised frame for different scenarios that would strongly support the protection action of the Baltic Sea. In addition, as the work in this clustering initiative matures, publishing collaborative journal article(s) on regionalised storylines for the Baltic Sea are being considered.

Check for further news the BONUS projects’ website and BONUS BALTICAPP website and/or contact the project coordinator Kari Hyytiäinen (kari.hyytiainen(at)helsinki.fi).

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BONUS workshop and clustering initiative on scenarios, 6 April 2016 © Laura Eskelinen/BONUS

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