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iefingnumber 22DECEMBER 2013BONUSstrategic research agenda 2011–2017, update 2014Executive summary• Within the Baltic Sea region, besides its complex policysituation, also physical and biological properties of the ecosystemsevolve under many inter-connected pressures. In thecoming decades additional external pressures on the BalticSea region are foreseen as global change, including climatechange, and long-term and long-range influences are likelyto intensify.Entangled issues in the Baltic Sea system – as part of theEarth system – require strong cooperation. Despite environmentalprotection efforts by the countrie surrounding theBaltic Sea, stretching today acros several decades, societyhas not found efficient solutions to sustain the health of theBaltic Sea ecosystem. Examples of missing solutions to currentand emerging environmental and sustainability issuesin the Baltic Sea area are many as are the related knowledgeneeds.BONUS generates knowledge and know-howfor the benefit of sustainable Baltic Sea regionThe main aim of BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea research anddevelopment programme, is to respond to the unsustainablesituation through a strong cooperation across the region andconsolidate the joint research effort on a macroregiona level.While the macroregional approach is in the core of the BONUSprogramme, it also draws from and complements the nationalresearch programmes of the participating countries. BONUSgenerates and disseminates knowledge and provides necessaryknow-how in support of knowledge-based governance andlong-term solutions beneficial to the Baltic Sea region.The policy landscape of today is a combination of BalticSea regional, European and global initiatives. Since signing in1974 the Convention on the Protection of the Environment ofthe Baltic Sea Area, a vast number of other Baltic Sea regionalcollaborations with relevance to sustainability have emerged.Given that eight out of the nine coastal Baltic Sea countriesare EU member states, also the common EU policies are importantfor the region. In addition, several global-level politicalagreements play an important role in the Baltic Sea region,in particular those dealing with the biological diversity, preventionof pollution from ships and climate change.The transnational, cross-sectoral and transdisciplinarywork of BONUS is carried out, in particular, in support ofthe HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan and integrated policyapproaches of the European Union, such as the IntegratedMaritime Policy (with Marine Strategy Framework Directiveas its environmental pillar), the Water Framework Directive,and the newly issued proposal for the EU Framework Directiveon Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated CoastalManagement aiming at employing an ecosystem-basedapproach. In this context, the development of a EuropeanDecember 2013The BONUS strategic research agenda update was completedin the last days of the year and published in thefirst days of 2014. With it the focus of the agenda deepened,underlining further the theme of sustainabilityof ecosystem services (i.e. a continuation from thefocus on the catchment-coast-sea continuum that wasincluded in the agenda in 2011, and the solely marineenvironment based first BONUS science plan publishedin 2006). To date over 800 stakeholders in the regionhave contributed to the development and update of theBONUS strategic research agenda.Synthesis of the BONUS+ projects in AMBIOBONUS guest-edited a special issue of AMBIO journaltitled ‘BONUS+ in Support of the Ecosystem Approachto Management in the Baltic Sea’. This was completedin late 2013 with a view to publish the entire issuein open access in Volume 43, Issue 1 of AMBIO (outin early 2014). A synthesis article outlined the keyoutcomes of the 16 projects funded in 2009-2011 andtheir policy relevance by using as a case study and areflection point the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan.Through the consolidated effort, the BONUS+ projectscontributed to 37 EC consultations, served as membersor observers in 570 occasions on stakeholder andscientific committees, contributed to modification of50 policy documents and action plans and contributedto development, implementation and evaluation ofefficacy of over 150 public policies and governanceplans.Stakeholder eventsA strong BONUS contributions in close to 30 cross-sectoralstakeholder events such as the annual forums ofthe EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the BalticDevelopment Forum, and the EU-Russia collaboration,as well as the Russian Baltic Sea Day, the SEAS-ERAStrategic Forum, the Baltic Sea Summit, the EuropeanMaritime Day and the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Congress,among other, increased programme’s visibilityand progress towards sustainable cross-border andcross-sectoral public research programme coordinationand integration.The plenary of the 4 th annual forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, 11 November 2013.EUSBSR8| BONUS review 2012–2013

Kaisa Kononen participated in a panel discussion “How jobs andecology go together” at the Annual Forum of the EU Strategy forthe Baltic Sea Region on 11 November 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuaniain BriefDecember 2013Looking back andmoving forwardContentsLooking back, 1moving forwardCelebrating the first 2year of implementationof BONUS inthe EuropeanParliament in Brusselsby Kaisa Kononen, Executive Director, BONUSGuest column: 3Member of theEuropean ParliamentMs. Satu HassiBONUS strategic 4research agendaupdatedBONUS call 2012: 5Viable ecosystemprojects announcedBAMBI - Baltic Sea 5marine biodiversityBIO-C3 - Biodiversity 6changesBLUEPRINT - Biological 6lenses using gene prints In many ways this autumn has been for BONUS a turning point:the first year of implementation ofBONUS (see next page). The processconcerning the other part ofCHANGE - Changing 7 we have looked back on the now closed BONUS+ phase, decidedantifouling practicesand negotiated a set of new projects as well as moved forward tofor leisure boatsthe call, Innovation, is still continuing,and the outcome will bein the Baltic Seaconsider the BONUS future beyond 2017.announced in early 2014.COCOA - Nutrient 8he two years since the and directly addressed the objective.An impressive amount as AMBIO special issue in the be-content of the programme is notof summaries’ will be published For BONUS, the thematiccocktails inend of the 16 BONUS+coastal zonesprojects have been a of new knowledge that supports ginning of next year.written in stone. The first strategicresearch agenda was de-INSPIRE - Ecosystem 8period of intensive implementation and development Selection of projects of themodels for sustainable T summarising and of the HELCOM Baltic Sea ActionPlan in particular, and other tem and Innovation parts were focusing on the marine environ-BONUS call 2012: Viable ecosysvelopedin 2006, then mainlyutilisation of fishpublishing of the scientific workresourcesdone. In order to get an overview environmental governance and made already last summer. The ment. In 2011, the second researchagenda included not onlySOILS2SEA - Reducingon how well the BONUS+ call respondedto its objective to fund Baltic Sea context, had been pro-EUR 33 million, comes from al-the marine environment but alsodecision making processes in the amount of funding, total of ca.9nutrient loadings fromagricultural soilsresearch projects that focus ”on duced.together 18 national funding the catchment and innovation.supporting an ecosystem-based Among the topics addressed institutions in nine countries This autumn, the agenda has beenBaltic Sea Science 10 approach to management of are e.g. scenarios on how effective surrounding the Baltic Sea and updated again to ensure it respondsbetter to the rapidly devel-Congress 2013 andhuman activities” BONUS asked the Baltic Sea Action Plan will from the European Union. It haspublic engagementthe project coordinators to write be within the changing climate, been an administrative challenge oping policy landscape.News room 11 summary articles of the projects’ what is the impact of the nutrientabatement measures in catch-and contractual arrangements in ing its future after the end of theto put all the needed financial BONUS is currently consider-outcomes. It was a delight to observethat all projects had so well ment, how well the multinational place so that the projects could current stage in 2017, then possi-BONUS Steering 12Committee Chair,and multilevel governance works, start in the beginning of 2014. As bly within Horizon 2020. At theDr. Eugenijus Butkusas well as how should maritime regards the ‘Viable ecosystem’ the EU level, the target included inBONUS members activities be located in order negotiation and decision process Horizon 2020 is to foster smooth12to reduce environmental risks. has been finalised, and thus the progress from basic scientificWithin the BONUS+ projects, seven champions of an extremelycompetitive selection process able products, which in the ma-findings to innovative market-altogether 60 PhD theses weredefended - as important as productionof new knowledge is the 5-9), grant agreements signed and formulated as the target of ‘bluecan now be announced (see pages rine/maritime context has beenupbringing of a new generation of the projects started. BONUS announcedthe projects in the high-future BONUS, when its nextgrowth’. It is obvious that in theBaltic Sea scientists who understandfrom the very beginning of est possible European forum, strategic research and innovationagenda is drafted, sustain-their career, that science has during the event organised in theto benefit the society. The European Parliament, Brussels, able development, including bluearticles and a ‘summary on 26 November 2013 to celebrate growth, will be in focus. •BONUS call 2012: InnovationThe BONUS ca l 2012: Innovation is arrangedin collaboration with the EU Strategy for theBaltic Sea Region flagship project “BSR Stars”.• Date of publication: 12 November 2012• Preregistration deadline: 12 February 2013 at 17.00 CET• Proposal submission deadline: 12 March 2013 at 17.00 CET• Budget: EUR 7 mi lion with flexibility of 10 %• Funding scheme: Co laborative projectsBONUS Strategic OBjective themeS called2: Meeting the multifaceted cha lenges in linkingthe Baltic Sea with its coast and catchment5: Developing improved and innovativeobservation data management systems, toolsand methodologies for marine informationneeds in the Baltic Sea regionNumber 20, November 2012briefing• Funding threshold: Maximum requested BONUS contribution tocollaborative project, including contributions from both the BONUSEEIG and the BONUS participating states, is limited to EUR 0,5 mi lion• Project implementation: Projects wi l start at the earliest in December2013 and the total duration of projects wi l be no longer than threeyears• Themes addressed: Each proposal must address one key innovationtheme from those opened for this ca l and at least two othersupplementary themes included in the BONUS strategic researchagenda 2011-2017Themes and expected outcomes are presented inthe BONUS strategic research agenda 2011-2017 Eco-technological approaches to achieve good ecological status in the Baltic Sea5.2 Developing and testing innovative in situ remote sensing and laboratory techniques5.3 User-driven new information and communication services for marine environment,safety and security in the Baltic Sea areaBONUS BriefiNgNUmBer 20, NOvemBer 2012 1BONUS communications tools in record highsA steady increase of the website traffic continued tothe implementation phase: Between 18 October 2012and 31 December 2013, a record high of 52,769 visits(38,364 in year 2013) and 26,453 unique visitors (19,516in year 2013) were registered.• The BONUS website is the leading communicationstool of BONUS featuring dedicated areas for call information,news, events, science community, policymakers, SMEs as well as a repository of all BONUSpublications and other BONUS materials. www.bonusportal.orgThe number of recipients of the BONUS e-bulletinreached its peak to date with 2900 recipients on themailing list. Roughly a quarter of recipients are regularfollowers of the BONUS news and updates.• The BONUS e-bulletin provides latest news andevents several times per month by email to BONUS in Brief newsletter was published threetimes during this period online and in hard copy, witheach issue posted to a mailing list containing over 500recipients and further several hundred copies upon requestsmade and through various BONUS exhibitions.• BONUS in Brief is published to keep the BONUS community,including partners and supporters, informedabout current views and news about BONUS activitiesand accomplishments. TuuriBONUS review 2012–2013 | 9

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