Welcome to participating cities to the Baltic Sea City Accelerator 2019 Spring Programme in Stockholm. You receive an introduction to the programme, meet your fellow cities, team of experts and a review of homework assignments. Stay tuned for more information.
We welcome Baltic Sea Region citiies to apply for Baltic Sea City Accelerator Spring Programme 2019. The four-month programme emphasizes a business approach to help cities develop and implement local water projects. Application deadline is February 28, 2019. Participants will be notified by March 4th. Apply here.
Take a look at this video where some of the cities in the Baltic Sea City Accelerator pilot programme give their reflections about why it is important to invest in cleaning up the Baltic Sea.
Race For The Baltic invited organisations working to clean up the Baltic Sea for a meetup to catch up on efforts, challenges and potential for joint efforts to make a greater impact. Organisations included Baltic Sea2020, Baltic Sea Action Group, Coalition Clean Baltic , John Nurminen Foundation and WWF.
Baltic Sea Solutions Lab was organised by Race For The Baltic and was attended by over 90 participants represented by:
entrepreneurs developing “blue-green” solutions in sectors ranging from aquaculture and agtech to renewable energy, wastewater treatment and sensor data management
local authorities representing cities and municipalities from countries across the Baltic Sea Region including Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Poland, and Sweden
scientists, among others, from the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm Environment Institute, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and Uppsala University
representatives from local and regional non-governmental organisations
individuals working in public and private sector financial institutions
Over the course of one and a half days, in a format that included a series of lightning talks, panel discussions and facilitated workshops, the Baltic Sea Solutions Lab aimed to break new ground and move forward beyond problems to accelerating solutions that will improve the state of the Baltic Sea.
Thank you to the Swedish Institute for providing financial support for the project.
Take a look at this video where a municipality and an entrepreneur are in conversation and talk about what it takes to work together.
Together with the Embassies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Race For The Baltic co-organized the conference, “New Baltic Sea Generation” and moderated panel discussions about innovations for sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region and opportunities for young generations to be engaged in Baltic Sea environmental issues.
Race For The Baltic will co-host a workshop at BONUS RETURN conference to identify ways forward in finding new financing models for circular solutions.
Race For The Baltic’s Marc Klaus will join a panel at Blue Invest 2018 in Brussels. Blue Invest is a match-making event that brings together innovators and the financial community to boost the economic potential of the ocean while protecting its marine resources.
Race For The Baltic co-hosted a roundtable discussion at the XIX International Environmental Forum “Baltic Sea Day” in St. Petersburg, Russia on 22-23 March. The roundtable, co-hosted with Baltic Sea Challenge and Union of the Baltic Cities, focused on the role of municipalities in implementation of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan. See information about the programme. Outcomes from the event can be found here.
Race For The Baltic collaborated with Stockholm Environment Institute and other BONUS Return partners in a seminar at the Baltic Sea Future Congress in Stockholm, where the four finalists of the “Baltic Sea Nutrient Reuse Challenge” presented their innovative solutions. The competition is part of BONUS Return, an EU-financed project to identify and pilot eco-technologies to recycle nutrients and carbon in the Baltic Sea. Read more about the shortlisted finalists.
Race For The Baltic collaborated with the BBVET Edtech programme funded by Interreg, to explore how Edtech can support the Baltic Sea City Accelerator programme. Education technology (Edtech) is an emerging industry that can support innovative solutions to complex challenges.