The environmental and societal challenges in the Baltic Sea region are numerous and the work for sustainable development needs to speed up immediately.

The potential to turn these challenges into opportunities are great and studies suggest that 900,000 jobs could be created in the region by 2030. But what practical measures need to be addressed in order for us to take care of, and benefit from, the Baltic Sea in a responsible way?

Nearly 400 participants from municipalities across the Baltic Sea Region came together on 6-7 March to discuss long-term sustainable collaboration for the Baltic Sea at the ‘Baltic Sea Future’ conference.

The conference, which was organised by Stockholm University and the City of Stockholm, involved researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.

Marmar Nekoro, project leader from Stockholm University, said: “The Baltic Sea is loved, needed and polluted, and municipalities are the hubs who can coordinate interests, engage local citizens, turn scientific results into action, and handle the challenges to create a sustainable future for the Baltic Sea.”

Ms Åsa Bjering, Executive Secretary of CPMR Baltic Sea Commission was invited to the opening session where she stressed the importance of a territorial dimension in both planning and reporting the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ms Bjering also contributed to the closing session where she elaborated on the importance of local municipalities and regional authorities working together, both to explore the potential of Clean Tech and Blue Growth and of course to plan and take action against our dying sea.

View the event programme, including some of the presentations made during the conference.