Mission Blue Baltic – Healthy Oceans, Coasts and Inland Water

  • Date & Time:
    • June 10 - 12, 2020
    • 13:15
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Date: 10th – 12th June 2020

Stockholm, Sweden.

Welcome to BONUS RETURN’s final regional exchange and learning event: Mission Blue Baltic – Healthy Oceans, Coasts and Inland Water.


The Baltic Sea is one of the planet’s most vulnerable ecosystems. It is an almost entirely enclosed system surrounded by a huge drainage area four times as large as the sea itself. It is inhabited by 85 million people in a highly industrialized landscape dominated by intense agriculture and forestry. Despite some progress, eutrophication into the Baltic Sea by wastewaters, agriculture, pollution from factories and airborne deposits remains a challenge. A combination of technical and policy innovation as well as financial and economic incentives are needed to transform ocean-related sectors, both sea-based and land-based. Presently, while there are a handful of relevant initiatives, these are limited in their sectoral scope.


The workshop aims to produce tangible cross-sectoral prototype interventions that can be taken forward and further developed as impact projects within the broader umbrella of “Missions” for oceans. 

The mission: “A Baltic Sea unaffected by pollution”

In line with HELCOM’s goal for the region, the mission addressed in this workshop is of a Baltic Sea unaffected by pollution to respond to the grand challenge as formulated by the EU on “healthy oceans, coasts and inland water”. We start from the conviction that to achieve the mission, linear models of use and dispose are insufficient. Instead, interventions that reduce-reuse-recycle-recover are fundamental to closing the loop, limit the total input of nutrients and pollutants into watersheds and the ocean, and at the same time address emissions from the extraction of raw materials.           

The task

During the workshop, you will be tasked with finding solutions that bring us closer to achieving the overarching mission and its targets: shaping circular solutions that reduce the pressure on the Baltic Sea. You will be divided into working streams to design concrete interventions for the Baltic Sea Region.

Expected outcomes and impact

  • Tangible roadmaps to take forward and develop into full-fledged impact projects aimed at achieving SDG 14 and the grand challenge of attaining “healthy oceans, coasts and inland water”.
  • Operationalization of a mission-oriented process that can be replicated for other missions.
  • Feedback and peer review from an expert panel of funders and policy makers, industry and civil society on critical flows and pathways.
  • Fostering a dedicated network of decision makers, designers and scientists who can steer the mission forward and secure resources to realize the designs.

Wednesday 10th June “Findings and future studies”

12:45 – 13:15 Arrival and registration
13:15 – 13:45 Welcome and overview of the program

  • About BONUS RETURN, Karina Barquet (SEI)
  • About SuMaNu, Erik Sindhöj (RISE)
13:45 – 17:30 Research gaps, lessons learned, considerations for future research and innovation
17:30 Let’s play!
19:00 Dinner

Thursday 11th June “Accelerating Mission Blue”

08:30 Registration
09:00 – 10:00 Welcome, overview of the program, introduction to mission’s architecture and rules of engagement
10:00 – 12:30 Mission Blue Baltic Parallel Workstreams Session 1: Cooking the Interventions
12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 – 13:45 Reconvene
13:45 – 14:30 Speed-dating between the workstreams to crowdsource new ideas
14:30 – 15:30 Mission Blue Baltic Parallel Workstreams Session 2: Incubating the interventions
15:30 – 15:45 FIKA
15:45 – 16:30 Mission Blue Baltic Parallel Workstreams Session 3: Preparing the pitch
16:30 – 17:00 Summary and pitch from each Workstream in plenary
17:00 – 17:15 Closing keynote
18:30 Dinner

Friday 12th June – Field Trip

09:00 – 10:30 Departure by boat: during the trip the winning team for the best intervention will be announced
10:30 – 11:45 Guided tour and presentation of the testbed
11:45 – 12:45 LUNCH
13:00 Departure
15:00 Arrival in the city [stop at Nybrokajen]

This is an invite only event. If you would like to attend, please get in touch with the BONUS RETURN Communications Officer, Brenda Ochola, at [email protected]

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