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New thinking and policy design - can flexible mechanisms save the Baltic Sea?

Time: 16:30-17:30, Tuesday 8 November

Venue: Galleriet

New thinking and flexible policy design enable reduction of nutrient discharges at minimum cost. The objective is to discuss new, innovative and cost-effective mechanisms, such as voluntary offsetting of nutrient discharges and local adaptation of water protection measures, to improve the state of the Baltic Sea; and to find out how these mechanisms could be implemented in the Baltic Sea context.
In an age of diminishing public resources and a multitude of environmental and societal challenges, it has become increasingly important to utilise scarce environmental protection resources in the most effective way. Climate policy has paved the way for new thinking and flexible policy design – such as the EU Emission Trading System and project-based Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), aiming to reduce discharges where the largest effect can be achieved with the least cost. In the United States, flexible mechanisms have been piloted in water protection in several drainage areas but in Europe, the concept is still new in water policy. In the Baltic Sea context, where can we identify cost efficiency gains and how could these be realised?

Markku Ollikainen, Professor, University of Helsinki
Lassi Ahlvik, Assistant Professor, Norwegian School of Economics
Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary, HELCOM
Sara Kymenvaara, Legal Investigator, Ålands Landskapsregering
Stefan Berggren, Deputy Director and Head of Division, Ministry of the Environment (Sweden)
Mikhail Durkin, Executive Secretary, Coalition Clean Baltic
Martin Grotenfelt, CFO, Maintpartner Group
Henrik Scharin, Economist, Anthesis Enveco
Marjukka Porvari, Director, Clean Baltic Sea Projects, John Nurminen Foundation


Political seminar

Main organiser:
John Nurminen Foundation

Seminar contact person:
Anna Saarentaus

Seminar partner organisations:
University of Helsinki
Natural Resources Institute
Anthesis Enveco
Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet

Sub-objective of the EUSBSR:
Save the Sea: Clear water in the sea