Baltic Sea Pioneers for better nutrient monitoring and reporting, Workshop 2 – Focusing on Solutions
The total environmental pressure on the Baltic Sea marine ecosystem is dominated by land-based sources of pollution. These sources, located in the Baltic Sea catchment area, are responsible for more than 90% of the input of nutrients into the sea. Most of the hazardous substances transported to the sea via rivers or precipitating from air, are land-based in origin. While some types of marine litter originate from human activities at sea, e.g. lost fishing gear, the clear majority of the items littering the marine environment have been dumped on land and are transported to the sea via different pathways.
This workshop is the next phase of a project led by SIWI Swedish Water House (SWH), in partnership with Race for the Baltic (RFTB), called “Baltic Sea City Accelerators – Pioneers for better Pollution Monitoring and Reporting” and with SIWI’s Source-to-Sea Platform. The project aligns with RFTB’s “Baltic Sea City Accelerator” programme (BSCA) – an open, knowledge-sharing platform, working with municipalities and partnering with stakeholders from various areas, e.g. science, business, NGOs, and solution providers to clean up the Baltic Sea.
The project was initiated as a result of the work SIWI and RFTB do together with municipalities on their local Baltic Sea Action Plans (BSAPs). We saw both a need and an opportunity for further investigation with respect to the municipalities’ monitoring and reporting of nutrient data to regional and national authorities as well as HELCOM. We also see the potential for municipalities to capture additional benefits from this work.
There will be two additional workshops building up to this one. The first will takes place in Panevėžys, Lithuania, on 16 November and the second in Słupsk, Poland, 28 November. Please find the agendas for these two workshops under the tab Files.
Registration per invitation only.
10:00 Welcome, Background and Objective of the WS –SIWI Swedish Water House and Race For The Baltic
10:15 Tour de Table – Introduction of participants, sharing expectations of workshop and experience with working on Baltic Sea issues (water pollution, nutrient monitoring and reporting, etc), All.
10:30 HELCOM Baltic Sea Action plan (BSAP) – what HELCOM is/does and why there is interest to see how municipalities and other local actors are working to help achieve the national BSAP commitments, Lars Sonesten, Chair of HELCOM Pressure / Dmitry Frank-Kamenetsky, Professional Secretary HELCOM
11:00 Short reporting back of outcomes of the project so far:
- Desk Study; Baltic Sea Nutrient reporting, Heléne Ejhed, IVL
- Problem Definition Workshop May 2017, SIWI/RFTB
- Problem Solution Workshops, Representatives from cities of Panevezis and Slupsk
12:30 Putting the puzzle together – How can we ensure that the outcomes of the project discussion turn into actions?
14:30 Reporting back – Moderators of break-out groups to report on key findings. Discussion on main findings for solutions, future collaboration and next steps.
15:00 Wrap-up and Closing remarks, SIWI and Race For The Baltic