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Side event on UN Ocean conference 7.6.2017

UN Ocean Conference in New York

The new normal: Public-private cooperation to combat eutrophication and climate change in the Baltic Sea region   

When: 7 June 2017;  5:00 – 6:15 PM

Where: Conference Room B in the UN Conference Building

Organizer: Baltic Sea Action Group, Finland  ​

The Baltic Sea suffers from severe eutrophication and deadzones, covering up to 1/5 of the seabed. The ongoing climate change contributes to the problem. The Baltic Sea region has been a pilot area for public-private partnership to combat the complex interweaved problems of eutrophication and climate change.​

The key actions to save the Baltic Sea are nutrient recycling from both food production and urban waste water and development of sustainable agriculture that reduces nutrient leakages and sequestrates carbon to the soil. Baltic Sea Action Group engages public and private actors to develop sustainable business solutions that counteracts both eutrophication and climate changes.

The way of working, as well as many of the business  enterprises developed are applicable wherever on the planet.
You are warmly welcome to our Ocean Conference side event to learn and discuss more!


5:00     Welcome and introduction by Hannele Pokka, Permanent Secretary, the Ministry of the Environment Finland

5:05     The state and challenges of the Baltic Sea, and needed actions Markku Viitasalo, Research Professor,Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

5:20     Economically viable solutions to combat eutrophication and climate change. Mathias Bergman, Secretary General, Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG)

5:35     Recovery of phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen and carbon from sludge and ashes. Juhani Anhava, Director for Energy & Environment Business DevelopmentOutotec Ltd.

5:50     New innovative methods for nutrient recovery and harvesting in wastewater treatment plants. Mari Heinonen, director, Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY)

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