The Baltic Sea Region Bioeconomy Council is a result of the cooperation efforts that have since 2013 aimed at developing a sustainable circular bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region. These efforts take place within the context of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, within which the NCM, as previously said, coordinates the cooperation on bioeconomy. This meeting will be their first.
The theme of the conference "Achieving e-Quality by Connecting the Region" used the Latvian chairmanship programme as a point of departure and primarily focused on how the digitalization of society's different functions can change and improve the life of people living in the region. The Swedish crownprincess Viktoria attended the conference and gave a very appreciated speech encouraging to an increased activeness and responsibility.
The Nordic Council of Ministers stand at the conference had the mian theme "Bioeconomy", and here the new website http://www.bsrbioeconomy.net/ was introduced. The website's interavtive map where you can click on a country and see information concerning the country's participation in workshops and projects, was very popular.
The overall theme of the 7th Strategy Forum is the future of the Baltic Sea Region and how to achieve a common vision for 2030. The slogan for the Strategy Forum is: One Region, One Future - Vision for the Baltic Sea Region 2030"
The event is hosted by Sweden together with the Nordic Council of Ministers and in close cooperation with the European Commission.
Conference organized by the Dutch EU Presidency, co-organised by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and the European Commission.
A conference session will be conducted by NCM under the name "Blue Bioeconomy, Nordic Perspectives".
The Nordic Council of Ministers, Ministry of Agriculture of Latvia and Latvia University of Agriculture convene a stakeholder forum 'Opening and clustering bioeconomy sectors' in Latvia, Jelgava in order to seek joint political endorsement and explore cross-sector potential of bioeconomy. The role of the Nordic Council of Ministers as a leader of Priority Area Bioeconomy under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region anchors this forum to a wider agenda.
International climate finance is crucial in order to support the global transition to a low-carbon and climate resilient sustainable development. Public finance plays a key role, especially to support vulnerable countries with limited institutional capacity but governments cannot achieve this transition alone. The private sector is integral to develop innovative climate finance solutions in the fight against climate change.
The Arctic region is the nexus of climate change in the North. Climate change is already having visible effects on peoples living in this region, as well as their livelihoods. An increase of the global average temperature by 2 degrees Celsius could lead to an increase by more than six degrees in the Arctic region, threatening to destabilize the lifestyles of indigenous populations in the region within a generation. This side event will discuss these climate related impacts, places to work together and the role of youth in the future of the north.
Nordic research shows that:
-Reindeer maintain the albedo by eating and trampling vegetation. More vegetation will make the Tundra darker, as brush and trees protrude out of the snow, and thus reducing the albedo.
-The Boreal ecosystem bind carbon, in the ground and in the trees. In addition, the trees emit hydrocarbons that will lead to particle formation. This is part of the reason why the Boreal forests at Northern high latitudes are equally important as the rain forests in a climate perspective.
The side event provides practical insights on how NAMA development helps achieve sustainable impact and contribute to sector wide transformation, build the foundation for calculations and implementation of INDCs and national targets. Focus on Nordic financed NAMAs in Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Hopefully, political leaders at COP21 will agree upon fair, ambitious and rule-based goals to fight climate change. A remaining question will be how to implement the decisions in a robust and unbureaucratic way, and at the same time improve the quality of living and secure jobs and economic growth.
Discussing the challenges faced by the Arctic Ocean due to climate change. The strength of solutions through public-private and cross-border cooperation for innovation and policy development. Presentation of clean-tech solutions for environmental management in the marine sector.
Approximately 50% of energy consumption in the EU comes from space heating and cooling. Heating represents the largest part of this load and by transitioning away from fossil fuels towards renewable resources, such as geothermal, CO2 emissions could be cut significantly. The session will give insight into the potential impact of direct utilization of geothermal energy on energy security, greenhouse gas emissions, improved quality of life, and lower heating costs.
On the 3rd of December between 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM During COP21 in Paris, the Nordic Mayors and Cities initiative in collaboration with the Nordic Council will be hosting a strategic talk on Climate Strategies and actions beyond Paris.
Sustainable use of wood in Finland and Sweden provide for an advanced bioeconomy, with variety of forest industry products as well as bioenergy. At the same time, carbon neutrality is maintained and carbon storage in forests are actually growing. The Nordic climate solution is sustainable forestry.