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AMBIO Volume 43, Issue 1, February 2014 OUT NOW

Special Issue: BONUS+ in Support of the Ecosystem Approach to Management in the Baltic Sea

This OPEN ACCESS special issue of AMBIO provides a synopsis of the results of the policy driven and multidisciplinary BONUS+ programme 2009-2011.  BONUS+ provides the current top research about the state of the Baltic Sea system for the policymakers and other end users with a stake in the ecosystem approach to management in the Baltic Sea.  BONUS, and with it the BONUS+ pilot programme, serves also other European regional seas and beyond as the first model of its kind designed for supporting the development of science-based management.

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The synthesis article opens the special issue with an introduction to the BONUS+ research carried out in 16 projects funded, and within, the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan is examined as a case to illustrate the potentials and challenges in building the science–policymaking interface on a macroregional level.

The BONUS+ projects address environmental challenges in the Baltic Sea as defined by the Baltic Sea Action Plan, or consider the environmental governance and decision making within the Baltic Sea context in general. Eutrophication, biodiversity, hazardous substances, maritime activities, and the environment governance are addressed, as are crosscutting issues, such as the impact of climate change, maritime spatial planning and impacts of future development on ecosystem services.

The BONUS+ projects contributed to relevant policy developments: 37 consultations carried out at EU level, 49 modifications to policy documents and action plans, 153 suggestions for the efficacy of pertinent public policies and governance, and in 570 occasions, scientists working in BONUS+ projects served as members or observers in scientific and stakeholder committees.

Following the introductory article to BONUS+, an overview of the outcomes of 10 of BONUS+ projects is provided in this special issue. Hard copies will be available in February 2014.

AMBIO Volume 43, Issue 1, February 2014

Coming events

ESG 2014 - The 2014 International Conference on Environmental Science and Geoscience
Venice, Italy, Saturday 15, Sunday 16 and Monday 17, March 2014

IEEE/OES Baltic Symposium 2014: Measuring and Modeling of Multi-Scale Interactions in the Marine Environment
The Symposium will be held in Tallinn, Estonia, on 26-29 May 2014.

ICES Marine risk analysis symposium, June 2014, Finland
ICES, PICES and the ECOKNOWS project arrange a symposium on Ecological Basis of Risk Analysis for Marine Ecosystems on 2-4 June 2014 in Porvoo, Finland.

Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) Conference
23-27 June 2014, Bergen, Norway. Call for abstracts open!

First announcement to Littoral 2014
The Littoral 2014, titled "Facing Present and Future Coast Challenges", will take place on 22-26 September 2014 in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

Baltic Earth Secretariat's coming events in 2014
Several events either co-organized by Baltic Earth, or with Baltic Earth participation, with close deadlines still in January, are coming up this spring.

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BONUS is a joint Baltic Sea research and development programme producing knowledge to support development and implementation of regulations, policies and management practices of the Baltic Sea region. It issues calls for competitive proposals and funds projects of high excellence and relevance based on its strategic research agenda. BONUS is funded jointly from the national research funding institutions in the eight EU member states around the Baltic Sea and the EU's Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration. 

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