Invitation to participate in the workshop on “Bioeconomy as Engine of Growth in the Baltic Sea Region” How to realize the full potential of the bioeconomy and contribute to sustainable growth?
EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Horizontal Action Sustainable Development and Bioeconomy
Stockholm, 11th of December 2013 at 9.00-16.00
The Nordic Council of Ministers believes that the potential of the bioeconomy to contribute to sustainable growth in the Baltic Sea Region is high. It represents an opportunity to increase the value of the sustainable production and smart use of biological resources in the region through innovation and investment. This provides a potential framework to create new jobs, innovative products and new markets. Against that background, the Nordic Council of Ministers would like to invite you to take an active role in the process of unlocking the full potential of the bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region.
This workshop is a first in a series of activities organized within the framework of the EUBSRS Horizontal Action Sustainable Development and Bioeconomy, and is about exploring opportunities and creating networks between stakeholders from the private industry, regional and international organizations, the public sector and academia in the Baltic Sea Region.
Strengths and potential of the bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region. The meeting will be opened by Eskil Erlandsson, the Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs. The Minister will present the strengths and potential of the bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region and present his analysis of the political will and support for this development.
Examples of potential flag ship projects. Based on a review of how the bioeconomy can contribute to sustainable production and use of biological resources through value chains, some concrete projects under development will be presented. Cross sectorial projects with offset in local resources and with preliminary analysis of positive effects on local and regional economy.
Networking session 1 – Innovation and development of project ideas. The conference will gather around 100 resource persons from the countries around the Baltic Sea to explore and develop project ideas and to build networks.
Presentations by possible sources of financing. Three different financers’ perspectives on how the bioeconomy flagship projects can be funded.
Networking session 2 – Match-making on project ideas and planning of next steps. An opportunity to work with project ideas identified and prioritized by the participants in the workshop and to draft action plans for following up after the workshop.
Next steps. A discussion of how the Nordic Council of Ministers and the stakeholders can facilitate the process of developing the bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region. The Nordic Council of Ministers will continue to support the networking and facilitate the development of the bioeconomy in the region over the coming years.
Reception 10th of December
Early arrivers are invited to participate in a reception the evening before the workshop. Detailed information about this event will follow as soon as possible. We hope you all will be able to participate in this event.
For registration to the workshop and the reception, please send an email to Izabela Butenko-Olesen firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Co-ordinator/Knowledge & Welfare
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Nordic Council of Ministers
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Tel +45 33 96 02 00
Read also the article on Bioeconomy “Optimized use of biological resources”by ExCo-member Lene Lange at http://www.scanbalt.org/press/news+archive/view?id=3039.