The Baltic Sea Future is a transdisciplinary congress where stakeholders meet to exchange knowledge, motivation and the tools to reach a sustainable and thriving Baltic Sea region. This annual event will take part for the first time in Stockholm 6-7 March 2017.
With a focus on mayors and civil servants, researchers and the business sector Baltic Sea Future will share examples of best practices and successful measures for improving the health of the Baltic Sea and manage the challenges we face.
During Baltic Sea Future key stakeholders in the region report on how seeing challenges as opportunities has resulted in enhanced quality of life for residents, a better business climate and belief in the future for their entire community.
The key role of municipalities
The 1500 municipalities of the Baltic Sea region play a crucial role to encourage initiative, formation of opinion and coordination regarding these issues, while also being key stakeholders with regards to implementation of measures to combat environmental problems.
Two thirds of the municipalities are unaware of the critical situation of the Baltic Sea region, and/or have insufficient resources to address the issues (BCG Baltic Survey 2014).
With the Baltic Sea Future, we strive to increase the number of municipalities strategically and operationally working towards a sustainable Baltic Sea region.
Business sector - a crucial partner
The Baltic Sea region has great development potential and there are good prospects for sustainable development while increasing prosperity.
Studies suggest that within the entire Baltic Sea region, 900,000 jobs could be created by 2030, representing almost 2% of the total labor supply.
Baltic Sea Future is thus a golden opportunity for companies to connect to municipalities and stakeholders in the region, presenting their business ideas and finding new collaborations and business partners.
Together we can create and sustain economic and environmental benefits while safeguarding the well-being of people and our ecosystems.
The City of Stockholm, together with Stockholm University and the Sustainable Seas Foundation, provide the participants with knowledge and inspiration from stakeholders across the region on how to contribute to sustainable development.
The program will be designed in association with Stockholm University Baltic Sea Center, the City of Stockholm Environmental Department, Stockholm Vatten, the Swedish Chemicals Agency, the Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation, Västervik Municipality and others.
Marmar Nekoro is Project Manager on behalf of Stockholm University. Contact her for more information, e.g on how to participate, become a collaborator or if you have projects or business ideas you wish to showcase at the Baltic Sea Future.