SUBMARINER presented Blue Platform project at the Baltic Sea Days in Kaliningrad
A scientific and applied-science conference on integrated ocean governance was hosted by Kaliningrad State Technical University (KSTU) on the World Water Day and the Baltic Sea Day. Around 60 partipicants attended the event. SUBMARINER presented its work and the new Interreg project "Blue Platform".
The event was organized within the frames of the international educational program “Baltic University” in cooperation with the Barents-Baltic program “Human and Nature”. The conference program was divided into two parts: theoretical (scientific discussion on the problems of integrated ocean governance and the use of MSP (marine spatial planning) tools and practical (interactive MSP game “If I were a decision-maker”).
Participants learned about the theoretical aspects of integrated integrated ocean governance & its application tools in the BSR.
The SUBMARINER Network presented its work in the field of Baltic Blue Bioeconomy and introduced the new Interreg project "Blue Platform" (KSTU is a partner in this project).
Within the framework of the event, a panel discussion was held with the participation of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Kaliningrad Region, Rosmorport, the Swedish Agency for Water and Sea Resources Management (SWAM), the Institute of Oceanology of the Kaliningrad State Technical University.
The second part of the conference was dedicated to a business game, where participants were divided into 5 teams. Each of the teams presented a country or a stakeholder with their respective interest. The goal of the game is to develop an MSP programm that would contribute to the development of the economy, preservation of regional environmnt, living standards and well-being of the inhabitants.
During the game, participants had to actively interact both within the team and with external representatives (public organizations, investors, federal officials, neighboring states). It was interesting to observe how the representatives of energy companies, scientists and officials of coastal municipalities, graduate students and students of KSTU, enthusiastically looked for areas of economic activity trying to avoid negative consequences for the regional environment. The conference ended with a presentation of the projects carried out by the teams and a summary of the results