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Towards an Implementation Strategy for the Sustainable Blue Growth Agenda for the Baltic Sea Region

The Sustainable Blue Growth Agenda for the Baltic Sea Region, adopted by the European Commission in 2014, highlights the extraordinary potential for developing the maritime economy in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR).

This report, “Towards an implementation strategy for the Sustainable Blue Growth Agenda for the Baltic Sea Region,” presents the results of a systematic stakeholder dialogue in the region. Initiated by the European Commission in September 2016, the aim of the dialogue was to identify and discuss in greater depth the processes necessary to realise the Baltic Blue Growth Agenda in the coming years. This dialogue focused on the following mix of high-potential and emerging thematic areas:

  • Shipping;
  • Blue bioeconomy (incl. aquaculture);
  • Coastal and maritime tourism;
  • Environmental and monitoring

The process for the systematic stakeholder dialogue had six steps and included various engagement and
outreach formats. 275 blue growth stakeholders participated in the survey, 50 interviews with pivotal stakeholders were carried out and around 120 stakeholders took active part in the workshops.

The report bundles and collates the broad feedback of the BSR blue growth stakeholders’ process.

This summary lays out the strategic transformation maps suggested for each of the four thematic areas. They identify the main drivers and challenges for each area, sketch a desirable vision for 2030, point to the necessary strategic fields and recommended strategic actions targeting relevant stakeholders in the BSR.

The report identifies strategic action fields, potential actors and bricks to build on for implementing the Sustainable Blue Growth Agenda for the Baltic Sea Region, which could help public and private decision-making bodies to ensure that appropriate mechanisms and programmes are put in place in the coming years to enable actors to take the steps described under the various strategic action fields.

And last but not least, the report aims to inspire actors in the BSR to take a lead and/or get involved in those strategic action fields where they have most competence and capacity based on their existing innovation eco-systems, strategies and investment plans.

Read the full publication here.

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