2014-06-17 - 2014-06-17
Det är nu snart 20 år sedan Sverige anslöts till EU och därmed började anpassa sig till och också påverka EU:s politik och styrmedel inom olika sektorer. Vattenfrågorna berörs av politiken inom många sektorer, men det finns också politik och direktiv direkt inriktade mot vattenfrågorna. Hur har medlemskapet i EU påverkat vattenfrågornas inriktning och hantering i Sverige? Har EU:s politik och direktiv styrt vårt synsätt? Har vattenfrågorna klämts mellan olika politikområden? Skulle vi ha hanterat vattenfrågorna med annan prioritet och på annorlunda sätt utan EU?  Konferens om EU:s betydelse för vattenfrågorna i Sverige avslutar Vattenkommiténs verksamhet Vattenkommittén upphör kommande halvårsskifte efter 16 års verksamhet. KSLA (Kungliga Skogs- och Lantbruksakademien) vill som kommitténs sista allmänna aktivitet bjuda in till en konferens kring EU:s betydelse för vattenfrågorna i Sverige. Anslaget är brett och konferensen börjar med aspekter på vattendirektivets genomförande och lägger sedan tyngdpunkterna på vattenkvalitet och hydromorfologi. Därefter följer frågor om olika sektorers inriktning under inflytande av EU:s viljeyttringar. BNI ger input om Östersjöns tillstånd Christoph Humborg håller en presentation med titeln " Har Östersjöns tillstånd förbättrats? " Därefter hålls en diskussion och konferensen avslutas därmed med synpunkter på om och hur tillståndet i våra vatten har förbättrats.  Mer information om program och anmälan finns via denna länk. 17 juni 9.30-16.00 på KSLA, Drottninggatan 95 B
2014-03-31 - 2014-04-03
The ICES ACOM Workshop to develop recommendations for potentially useful Food Web Indicators (WKFooWI), was held at the ICES Headquarters in Copenhagen 31 March - 3 April, and BNI researcher Maciej Tomczak participated. The aim was to: Review pragmatically estimable Food Web Indicators (FooWI) Evaluate said FooWI against standard criteria for Indicator Use Develop a proposal for food web indicators for marine ecosystem based management incl. relevant to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)  Suggest and plan the way forward (i.e. preparation of a roadmap how to get there)  Accounting for multiple pressures Modern approaches to sustainable use of marine resources must account for the impact of many pressures on the marine ecosystem generated by utilizing goods and services. Of particular importance is the network of feeding interactions between co-existing species and populations, the food web. The workshop WKFooWI brought together experts in food webs, marine ecology, and management, to identify available indicators that can be used to inform marine management of food-web responses.  Using food web indicators in management There is a well established need to use food web indicators (structure and function) in the management of marine ecosystems, and the management of the components in those marine ecosystems.  Food web indicators better and more directly represent key features of marine ecosystems and living marine resources that are often missed with less integrative measures. As such they can provide useful information on the status of the marine environment. Such food-web indicators are currently required by the European Commission ’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive , an overarching plan to reach and maintain Good Environmental Status for all European marine waters. The workshop will drew on the best available knowledge to inform and advise the Commission and EU member states on options available to implement this plan.​
2014-03-12 - 2014-03-14
The seventh meeting of the Expert Group on follow-up of national progress towards reaching BSAP nutrient reduction targets, HELCOM LOAD , is held in Riga 12-14 March. HELCOM LOAD is an expert body consisting of experts on pollution load compilation (PLC) of nutrients (water and air),  European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP ) and the  HELCOM LAND  group. Further, the  Baltic Nest Institute (BNI) , other modellers and statisticians could be called to participate in relevant tasks.
2014-03-10 - 2014-03-12
The Kick-off meeting for the BONUS -project COCOA (Nutrient COcktails in COAstal zones of the Baltic Sea ) is held at the Hotel Søfryd in Jyllinge, Denmark, 10-12 March. The meeting will include an overview of collaborations, tour of the Work Packages, scientific presentations, group work and planning for the project and its case studies. BNI Participation A number of researchers from BNI Denmark, Sweden and Finland will participate in the Kick-off meeting: Denmark :  Jacob Carstensen , Karen Timmermann and Bo Riemann Sweden : Bo Gustafsson , Christoph Humborg ,  Miguel Rodriguez-Medina and Alexander Sokolov Finland: Anna-Stiina Heiskanen ,  Alf Norkko and Letitzia Tedesco Here you can find more information about the project , the Work Packages and the List of Partners
2014-03-06 - 2014-03-06
SMHI will host a Working Group meeting with international scientists on scenario simulations for the Baltic Sea environment. BNI Contributions Bo Gustafsson , Erik Gustafsson and Oleg Savchuk from BNI Sweden will participate and also give two presentations: Bo Gustafsson: What is new in the revised BSAP? Which information would be useful for HELCOM? Erik Gustafsson:  BALTSEM-C - recent development of the BALTSEM model. Read more about BNI's work in HELCOM and the BALTSEM-C (part of the Nest Decision Support System ).
2014-03-05 - 2014-03-05
On Friday 22 March 1974 seven coastal nations signed a historical agreement to protect the Baltic marine environment, the Helsinki Convention , and for the first time ever all the sources of pollution around an entire sea were made subject to a single convention. The governing body of the Convention is the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission, also known as HELCOM . celebrating the 40TH ANNIVERSARY with prominent guests, including BNI Sweden Director On March 5, back to back with the 35th meeting of the Helsinki Commission, the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Convention is held in Helsinki, Finland, including e.g. an exibition of HELCOM work since 1974, music performances, keynote speeches and an evening programme Director of BNI Sweden , Bo Gustafsson , has been invited as one of the prominent speakers, giving a presentation on Eutrophication – reflections on the Baltic Sea Action Plan revision process and future challenges The other prominent speakers include e.g. the former Finnish President Tarja Halonen, Finnish Minister of Environment Mr. Ville Niinistö, Mr. Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director  and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Ms. Jacqueline Alder, Head, Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems Branch, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation of UNEP . Broadcasting the Jubilee session Read more about the 40th Anniversary here The HELCOM 40th Anniversary Jubilee Session on 5 March 2013 at 10-12 am will be broadcast live, available here.  
2014-03-03 - 2014-03-04
The Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems (HOPE) Conference will bring together all those working with or in relation to the European marine environment and will provide them with the opportunity to discuss progress made over the past 5 years, the problems that still remain and the solutions for improved coherence and better marine governance. BNI Contribution During the conference session on Eutrophication/pollutants during the first day of the conference, Bo Gustafsson , BNI Sweden, and Jacob Carstensen , BNI Denmark will give presentations from their respective fields of expertise. Prominent speakers The conference gathers a range of prominent speakers, inlcuding e.g. the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, the European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik and Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA). Update 10 March: The HOPE conference was recorded and the presentations can be viewed here. Bo Gustafssons powerpoint presentation is available here . Jacob Carstensens powerpoint presentation is available here.
2014-02-26 - 2014-02-27
The fourth meeting of the project for the review of the HELCOM Pollution Load User System (HELCOM PLUS), run between 2013 and 2015, is held in Helsinki 26-27 February with Bo Gustafsson from BNI Sweden participating The project aims to modernize the HELCOM waterborne pollution load compilation ( PLC ) database, and develop a web application to access the data. This would provide a more efficient data system both for reporting and retrieving data derived from pollution discharges into the Baltic Sea, and introduce and automatic quality assurance system ensuring more comparable, consistent and validated data. The realization of the PLUS project is proposed with the purpose of improving the processes involved in the PLC-6 reporting, serving at the same time as a basis for the following PLC assessments and the follow up on evaluating fulfilment of BSAP nutrient reduction targets project.
2014-02-24 - 2014-02-26
Fifth Meeting of the HELCOM Sixth Baltic Sea Pollution Load Compilation Project (2012-2017) The project is an implementation of HELCOM Recommendation  26/2  to, every sixth year carry out a pollution load assessment (PLC) including a quantification of waterborne point, diffuse and natural sources. The timing of the PLC-6 report will also provide those Contracting Parties that are EU member states with input for 2018 reporting requirements under the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Furthermore, the results of the PLC-6 project will provide valuable information for assessing progress in reaching the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan nutrient reduction targets, including expected nutrient reductions as a result of implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) river basin management plans by the HELCOM EU countries and to overall evaluate effectiveness of nutrient reduction measures taken within the Baltic Sea catchment area.
2014-02-23 - 2014-02-28
The 17th Ocean Sciences Meeting is an international gathering held 23-28 February in Honululu, Hawaii. It includes over 5000 oral and poster presentations, stimulating plenary talks and a refreshing keynote by National Geographic Explorer, Elisabeth Kapu'ueailani Lindsey . BNI Contribution Bärbel Müller-Karulis, researcher at BNI Sweden with expertize in food webs, will present some of her and her colleagues' work at Session 068: Understanding biogeochemical and ecosystem response to natural and human-induced interactions, drivers and pressures in coastal regions : B. Müller-Karulis , B. Gustafsson , O. Savchuk . Regime Shifts in Baltic Sea biogeochemical cycles driven by nutrient loads and climate change. BEAM session Results from BEAM, Baltic Ecosystem Adaptive Management, one of the large research programs in which BNI is involved, will be presented during the session 172 “Multiple drivers affecting ecosystem function in estuarine and coastal waters ”. Examples of BNI contributino to this BEAM session are: * Fransner, F., Meier, H.M., Humborg, C. , Mörth, C.M . Nycander, J.: Quantifying sinks of terrestrial doc in the Baltic Sea * Deutsch, B., Bonaglia, S., Humborg, C. , Bruechert, V.: Phosphate fluxes and phosphate source identification in the Himmerfjärden (Baltic Sea) General information about ASLO 2014 Read more about the meeting here Follow the meeting on Twitter: The meeting is co-sponsered by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO ), the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and The Oceanography Society (TOS) .
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