BONUS-HELCOM Conference 2018: Research and Innovation for Sustainability

The BONUS-HELCOM Conference 2018 (7th BONUS Forum and the 8th HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan Stakeholder Conference), will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 6 November 2018. The conference reinforces the synergies of HELCOM* and BONUS in association with key strategic actors in northern European regional seas - JPI Oceans, OSPAR*, ICES** - in efforts related to environmental policy and sustainable development of the northern European regional seas. It supports environmental policy based on sound knowledge and information (for example: UN 2030 Agenda and sustainable development goals, Baltic Sea Action Plan, EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, EU Blue Growth Agenda), features new research and innovation for sustainability results, discusses future research priorities and needs from the policy perspective, and informs of next steps towards the joint Baltic Sea and North Sea research and innovation programme

Future work by the strategic actors on implementing and strengthening key sustainability policies such as the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP), the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, and the EU Blue Growth Agenda create a further demand for new knowledge and information. Continued dialogue and enhanced cooperation between research and policy, both inside and outside the Baltic Sea region, is the mechanism needed to fulfill these knowledge needs.

Structured around the shared UN 2030 Agenda’s sustainable development goals (SDGs), i.e. SDGs 13 (climate action), 14 (life below water, incl. oceans) and 15 (life on land), the conference will present research and innovation results to support progress towards implementing key marine policies, derived from several BONUS projects ending in 2018. Focus will be placed on dialogue between policy and science, as well as on discussing future research priorities and needs from the policy perspective.

Broadening the scope of the current BONUS to form a northern European regional seas research and innovation programme will be addressed with particular focus on how the programme can provide support for the environmental policy and sustainable blue growth agendas both in the Baltic Sea and North Sea regions.

For more information and registration, please visit the BONUS website

*HELCOM (Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission) is the governing body of the Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area,  known as the Helsinki Convention. The Contracting Parties are Denmark, Estonia, the European Union, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden.
**OSPAR: the mechanism by which fifteen Governments & the EU cooperate to protect the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic. The fifteen Governments are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
***ICES: The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) is a global organization that develops science and advice to support the sustainable use of the oceans.

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