SAVE THE DATE! Joint BONUS-HELCOM Conference: Research and Innovation for Sustainability, 6 November 2018, Copenhagen
is conference, joining together the 7th BONUS Forum and the 8th HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan Stakeholder Conference, reinforces and develops the synergies of HELCOM and BONUS in association with key strategic actors in efforts related to environmental policy and sustainable development of the northern European regional seas.
The BONUS-HELCOM stakeholder conference on Tuesday 6 November 2018 to be held at the Park Inn by Radisson Copenhagen Airport will foremost utilise the results of the BONUS projects (many of which are now nearing completion) in HELCOM work – and beyond – as well as jointly identify gaps to fill in for the future. The conference will also offer a platform to enhance further synergies across the region, Europe and wider.
Drawing from the achievements and lessons learned from the simultaneously in 2007 established HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan – the pioneering programme to restore the good ecological status of the Baltic Sea – and BONUS – a regional marine research and development programme – the conference is set to add value to continued cooperation in the Baltic Sea region as well as other sea basins.
The 2018 HELCOM Ministerial Meeting, setting the future strategic direction for implementing the Baltic Sea Action Plan by 2021 and beyond, as well as the UN 2030 Agenda’s sustainable development goals (SDGs), provide useful context when the event’s agenda is being set in the coming month(s). The EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the EU Blue Growth Agenda as well as other key sustainability policies also create a further demand for new knowledge that can be met with BONUS research. Finally, also the broadened scope of the current BONUS to form a northern regional seas research and innovation programme in the future will be addressed during the conference and key strategic actors invited to the setting of the agenda.
A broad range of actors and stakeholders will be invited to take part in discussions on 6 November 2018: policy makers and other end-users of sound knowledge, regional sea conventions, industries, academia, non-governmental organisations, relevant General Directorates of the European Commission, research and innovation funding institutions, joint programming initiatives, implementing bodies of the EU macro-regional strategies etc.
WATCH THIS SPACE! Further information and key dates in the run-up period to the conference will be announced in March 2018.