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BONUS for the Baltic Sea Science - Network of Funding Agencies Newsletter November 2007BONUS EEIG SteeringCommittee welcomednew Membersnew Members, Latvia and Poland,also participated in the meetingand were admitted full BONUSEEIG membership. BONUS EEIGExecutive Director Kaisa KononenandFinancial Manager JohannaInkinen signed the Accession Agreement with Dr Juris Dzelme from theFoundation Higher Education Quality Evaluation Centre (HEQEC),and with Dr Andrzej Tonderskirepresenting the Foundation for theDevelopment of Gdansk University(FDGU).– Latvia and Poland joined inSif JohanssonDr Ritva Dammert from the Academy of Finland representing FiRDacted as the Chair during the morning session, and Dr Hans-ÖrjanNohrstedt from the Swedish ResearchCouncil for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning(FORMAS) continued chairing theafternoon session after being electedas Chair of the BONUS EEIG Steering Committee for the coming year.BONUS EEIG Steering Committee (from left): Anders Ødegaard (Denmark), DomileLideikyte (Lithuania), Jüri Elken (Estonia), Ritva Dammert (Finland), Juris Dzelme(Latvia), Hans-Örjan Nohrstedt (Sweden), Agnieszka Mierzynska (Poland), AndrzejTonderski (Poland) and Erik Fellenius (Sweden).Many important decisions weremade during the day. The InternalRegulations for the BONUS EEIG,the BONUS EEIG budget for 2007,and the preliminary budget for 2008were approved.The BONUS EEIG Steering Committee had its meeting in Stockholmon 21 August 2007. The host of themeeting was the Swedish Environ-It was also decided that BONUSEEIG will become a member and acoordinator of the BONUS ERANET.ment Protection Agency (SEPA),Erik Fellenius and Sif Johansson ashospitable hosts. All the BONUSEEIG Members were present. TheNew Workpackage toBONUS ERA-NETThis year has been extremely exciting and eventful for the BONUSproject. BONUS has not onlyplanned an extension of its workwith a new Workpackage (WP6) andone year’s prolongation, but alsoa new partner, BONUS EEIG, isentering the project, and a joint callhas been launched.The objective of WP6 is to communicate the lessons learned withother enclosed regional seas, theMediterranean and the Black Sea.The rationale behind this is that, inthe current situation, there is onlylittle collaboration and exchange ofinformation between agencies funding marine research in the Baltic,the Mediterranean and the Black Seaareas. These three seas share severalsimilar ecological, environmentaland political challenges. Theyhave, for example, a long waterresidence time, which means thatany environmental problem, suchas eutrophication (contaminationby toxic substances), stays there forFinally, on the basis of the outcomeof the dialogue meetings, a jointseminar will be organised in Brussels. The aim of this meeting willbe to influence European decisionmakers to support marine researchand environmental management activities in the enclosed regional seas.The ultimate goal of WP6 is to getthe lessons learned and experiencesgained from BONUS presented tothe Mediterranean and the BlackSea research communities, andfurthermore, to facilitate researchcollaboration and implementationof the European Marine Strategy inenclosed regional seas.ages, and the seas are also subjectto introduced species that havepotential to cause major ecologicaland economic consequences. Theyare also sources of well-being andrecreation to hundreds of millionsof European citizens and international visitors.In WP6, the most important meansto achieve the objective are personal contacts and workshops withrelevant partners in these areas.Dialogue meetings will be organisedwith funding agencies from boththe Mediterranean and the BlackSea areas. Special attention will bepaid to identifying those organisations in these areas that are alreadyparticipating in ERA-NETs or are insome other way involved in researchcollaboration with EU countries.The new partner, BONUS EEIG(BONUS – Baltic OrganisationsNetwork for Funding Science EEIG),will join the project in December2007. In the ongoing Joint Baltic SeaResearch Programme BONUS Callfor Proposals 2007, BONUS EEIGwill be the contractor concerningEC funds, manage the call and theevaluation process as well as distribute the EC funds to the nationalfunding agencies after the selectionof the projects to be funded.Furthermore, one more dialoguemeeting will be organised togetherwith MarinERA concerning possibilities of integrating science andmarine environment policy.Reetta Koivisto BONUS ERA-NET is planning anextension of its work with a newWorkpackage 6, and with one year’sprolongation. The Steering Committee also approved the BONUS CallMemorandum of Understanding tobe signed, and decided the openingdate of its first Call, The Joint BalticSea Research Programme – BONUS Call for Proposals 2007. The Callwas opened on 17 September 2007.Furthermore, the BONUS SteeringCommittee had a lively discussion onthe development of BONUS onlineapplication and evaluation servicestogether with the Management Toolof the Call Proposals. Aspicore Ltd.from Finland was chosen as the developer of the Management Tool, andthe Estonian Science Foundation gotpermission to continue developingthe online services for the BONUS Call.The BONUS EEIG Steering Committee will meet at the beginning ofDecember 2007 in the new BONUSEEIG country, Poland.Susanna HyvärinenContentsBONUS EEIG Steering Committeewelcomed new Members – Latviaand Poland joined in.1New Workpackage toBONUS ERA-NET.1Editorial: Something old, somethingnew in public debate.2BONUS WHAT?.2Sharing a common challenge- Baltic Sea.3Baltic Sea – Argumenta Seminarseries 2007–2008 in FinlandNew dialogue starts: Baltic Sea– causes of present problems,threats, and possibilities.3Experiences across the oceanpresented in BONUS Seminar.4Baltic Nest – a helping hand tothe management of the Baltic SeaEcoregion.6Baltic Sea Action Group.7BONUS Call informationday in Lithuania.8Summer meetings with science inKashubia (Poland).8Tsunami in the Baltic Sea?.8BONUS Newsletter November 2007

Editorial:Something old,something newin public debateThe Baltic Sea continued to be aheadline topic in the newspapers allsummer. And it has not been pleasant reading: old topics, such as bluegreen algal blooms, mucous fishingnets, toxic compounds in fish andnutrient loading from agriculturerepeated like never-ending serialstories.There have, however, been some newtopics as well. The newly inauguratedsewage treatment plan in St Petersburg will definitely influence thestatus of the Baltic Sea. A newcomer,comb jelly, brought into the BalticSea in ships’ ballast water, and reproducing vigorously, is threatening theecological balance of the Baltic Seaand its fish production.New tones were also heard in thediscussion about the ways on howto protect the sea. The discussionis no longer only an argumentationbetween environmental protectionists and those directly or indirectlytaking economic benefit from thesea. Environmental economists tookpart in the discussion and proposednew innovative ideas, which wouldtake into account both the protectionof the sea and the sustainable use ofthe goods and services it provides,as well as the viewpoints of the economic vitality of society.It is good to notice that the sameapproach, namely the importance oflinking science and policy and integrating ecosystem and society, whichis the core issue of the BONUS-169Science Plan and ImplementationStrategy, is emerging in the publicdebate as well. It signals a change inthe way in which human interactionwith nature is understood.The newly established Baltic SeaAction Group (see p. 7) is bringingthe industry into the constructivediscussion – and not only discussionbut real action as well – about thefuture of the Baltic Sea.Kaisa KononenIt is not what we read in scientificpapers but what we read in newspapers that paves the way for betterenvironmental policy.BONUS-169 is the abbreviationgiven to the Joint Baltic Sea ResearchProgramme. The aim is to implementthis programme under Article 169 ofthe EC Treaty and that is why the abbreviation is BONUS-169. The startof the Article 169 stage is postponeduntil 2008-2009. The programmewill, however, start already in 2007with BONUS call as a bridgingmeasure.BONUS ERA-NETPartnersAcademy of Finland,Co-ordinatorProject Management Organisation Juelich, GermanyDanish Agency for Science,Technology and Innovation(The Danish Natural ScienceResearch Council)IOPASBONUS WHAT?In this newsletter the word BONUSis used several times. This term wasfirst used only in the context of theongoing BONUS ERA-NET project.During the course of the projects,new activities have been developed,which have got their own BONUSinspired abbreviations. Today, BONUS is used as a general term referring to all of these activities.BONUS ERA-NET is a projectwith a full name BONUS for theBaltic Sea Science – Network ofFunding Agencies. It is funded by theEU Sixth Framework Programmeduring 2003-2007. It has the form ofwas established so that it can be acontractor with the European Commission and other possible parties.Its members are either funding agencies directly, or organisations managing national funding allocationsfor the joint calls under the JointBaltic Sea Research Programme. Asregards the BONUS call, it is thecontractor concerning the EC funds,manages the call and the evaluationprocess and distributes the EC fundsto the national funding agencies afterthe selection of the projects to befunded.a consortium with 13 partners fromall nine Baltic Sea countries. Elevenof the partners are funding agencies,one is a research institute and one isan international organisation. Theproject’s aim is to build up a networkof funding agencies and create conditions for a Joint Baltic Sea ResearchProgramme.BONUS is the call launched onBONUS EEIG is a newly estab-September 17th, 2007 and closed onNovember 28th, 2007. It includesboth national and EC funds. The latter are coming from so-called ERANET Plus funding scheme of theFP 7 on a basis of a specific contractwith the EC, and therefore the callabbreviation is BONUS .lished legal entity with a full nameof BONUS Baltic Organisations’Network for Funding Science EEIG.It is an independent organisationunder the legal entity of a EuropeanEconomic Interest Grouping, whichBONUS Newsletter November 2007 Estonian Science FoundationInternational Council for theExploration of the SeaMinistry of Education andScience of the Republic ofLithuaniaLatvian Council of ScienceMinistry of Science andHigher Education, PolandInstitute of Oceanology,Polish Academy of SciencesRussian Foundationfor Basic ResearchFoundation for StrategicEnvironmental Research,SwedenSwedish Research Councilfor Environment, AgriculturalSciences and Spatial PlanningSwedish EnvironmentalProtection Agency

Sharing a commonchallenge - Baltic SeaAnearlym o r n i n gin October– the risingsunlightsup the shoreon the otherside of thesmall bay – Iam sitting atthe kitchentable, looking out. Ourlittle boat has been brought up onthe stony shore, safe from the winterstorms to come. A light wind keepsthe sea in slow motion. A few lateseabirds pass by. It is at the BalticSea, or more precisely the BothnianBay in the eastern part of Mid-Sweden, my eyes are resting.On the other side of the sea, which Ifrom here can only imagine, is western Finland. And more to the south,also with the shores of the BalticSea, are the other partner countrieswithin BONUS – Russia, Estonia,Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germanyis still in danger. Climate changeposes an additional threat.Our common Baltic Sea needslarge-scale counter-measures thatare science-based. Thus, it is reallya pleasure to announce that nearlyall major marine research fundingorganisations around the Baltic Seanow have joined forces and justrecently launched a large commoncall, with substantial national aswell as EU financial contribution.Through this call, marine scientistswill work together with a commonagenda, aiming at cutting-edge findings and effective solutions for theBaltic Sea. It is noteworthy that thecall focuses on the link between science and policy and the integrationof ecosystems and society. Researchwithin management and policy haspreviously been too scarce. At thecall deadline in the end of Novemberit will be extremely exciting to seewhat initiatives responding scientistshave taken as regards specific issuesand collaborations.and Denmark. The Baltic Sea hasbrought us together in importantwork. We share a common concern– the well-being of the sea that issurrounded by our countries.The Baltic Sea has very long beendecisive for people in the region andprovided possibilities for living andprosperity – e.g. for bringing seafoodto our tables, for transportation, forwind power, and for recreation in avariety of ways. However, there aremajor threats to the health of ourcommon and unique Baltic Sea. Ithas been, and still is, severely misused and poorly managed. Overfishing, beyond sustainable productioncapacity, is obvious. The sea is alsoa waste disposal site for agriculture,industries, air pollution and transportation – causing a troublesomesituation for the whole ecosystemand its species. Politically, it has beendifficult to get societal acceptancefor the urgent transnational effortsneeded. Protective measures have sofar largely been without significantresults – the health of the Baltic SeaI can still clearly remember the firstmeeting in Stockholm, when I had afirst discussion with Kaisa Kononenand Sif Johansson on the new FP6instrument ERA-NET. “Is theresomething in it for us,” was our topic.There turned out to be. The BONUSproject has shown good progress; ithas made a real difference. We, thepartners, have learnt best practicesand found common priorities. Andnow we have reached the momentof funding research, which was ourgoal. It is also a real success that theEC decided to contribute economically to the cause.There is a huge challenge waiting – tomanage the evaluation of applicationsand the coming research programmecoming. There are high expectations,from the network itself, from scientists and from all other Baltic Seastakeholders. I was really honouredby the question to be the chair of thefirst Steering Committee of BONUSEEIG, the European EconomicInterest Grouping formed to handlethe call. I will try to pay back to theBaltic Sea the quality of life it hasmeant to me. Together with all otherdevoted people in the network, I willdo my very best. Out there, the seaawaits efficient solutions that make achange for future generations.Hans-Örjan NohrstedtChair of BONUS EEIGSwedish Research Council FormasBaltic Sea – Argumenta Seminarseries 2007–2008 in FinlandNew dialoguestarts: Baltic Sea– causes of presentproblems, threats,and possibilitiesNewsfrompartnersBaltic Sea researchers and variousactors from the public and privatesectors gathered together on 4 October 2007 in Helsinki to discuss andsearch for means to get political andeconomic decision-makers committed to measures that are needed fora better marine environment. Thistwo-day event started a series of fiveBaltic Sea – Argumenta seminars withthe aim to encourage wide circles insociety to discuss the condition ofthe Baltic Sea, and together searchfor new efficient means to improvethese conditions. The seminars areheld in Finnish.The seminar series is funded by theFinnish Cultural Foundation. Theproject is coordinated by the FinnishEnvironment Institute (SYKE) andthe University of Helsinki, AgrifoodResearch Finland (MTT). The Finnish Institute of Marine Research,and Åbo Akademi University willThe first Baltic Sea Argumenta Seminar was held on Uunisaari Island,off the Helsinki shore.actively take part in this challengingcooperation.discussion about urgent Baltic Seaissues in Finland: Who should beresponsible for the protection of themarine environment; which sectorsshould be required to reduce thenutrient load; which new tools andmeasures can be taken into use, etc.In this first event it was mentionedthat the condition of the Baltic Seahas dramatically deteriorated duringthe last 100 years. It has been said thatthe Baltic Sea is already incurably illor that essential improvements ofits condition would require effortsthat are economically and technologically almost impossible. On theother hand, it has also been pointedout that considerable improvementscould be reached with reasonablecosts, if the resources could be usedwhere they give the most significantbenefits. These problems are wellknown in Finland, but the commonmeans to save the sea have not yetbeen thoroughly analysed in multidisciplinary discussion.The intention is to find out howthe recent research results of thenatural and social sciences can beconnected to economic and political decision-making in Finland.The present poor condition of theBaltic Sea has a strong impact onFinnish society, and it is essentialto know how the environment protection measures and funds shouldbe focused in the future, and howthe development of economicallyefficient and socially acceptablesteering and management measuresimproving the state of the sea isachieved in the future in cooperation between Baltic Sea researchersThe objective of this comprehensivediscussion project is to launch a and the public and private sectorsin Finland.The Baltic Sea – Argumenta Seminarseries will continue by discussingBiodiversity in Turku on 21–22November 2007; Shipping and fisheries in Kotka on 13–14 February2008; Agriculture in Jokioinen on9–10 April 2008; and Internationallyoriented summary and final seminarwill be held in Helsinki on 11–12June 2008.The themes of the seminars will bedocumented in a book. The title willbe Itämeri Argumenta, and it will bepublished (in Finnish) in 2009. Youwill find more information aboutBaltic Sea – Argumenta from thewebsite of the Finnish EnvironmentInstitute ( HyvärinenBONUS Newsletter November 2007

Value of the World’s EcosystemServices and Natural Capital, hereferred to the results presented andalso the problems with that paper.He also presented recent approachesof integrated modelling in embedding humans in ecological systems.His main conclusion was that suchintegrated mapping and modellingat multiple scales is an essential toolfor understanding and quantifying the complex interdependenciesand trade-offs in human systemsembedded in ecological systems.He also pointed out that the marineecosystem services have not receivedas much attention as they woulddeserve.Jan ThulinExperiences acrossthe ocean presented inBONUS SeminarIn the afternoon on 21 September2007, the very last day of the Annual Science Conference of ICES,an audience of some 120 registeredparticipants convened to the BONUS Seminar entitled IntegratingEcosystems and Society – Experiencesacross the Ocean. The seminar wasoriginally planned to be a dialoguemeeting between the BONUS ERANET and relevant counterparts in theUS, but as there are interesting developments ongoing in the Europeanseas on this subject, the geographicalscope was broadened to include theMediterranean as well.The aim of the seminar was to bringtogether leading scientists with experience in integrating socio-economicapproaches to marine ecosystemsresearch. The seminar was in particular aimed at attracting Baltic Seascientists who are preparing their applications for the forthcoming BONUS Call. BONUS had the honourto host top international scientists askeynote speakers in this field.The chair of the seminar and themoderator of the discussions wasProfessor Pauli Snoeijs from Uppsala University, Sweden, who is alsothe chair of the BONUS ERA-NETAdvisory Board, representing theBaltic Marine Biologists. The seminar started by a short

Erik Fellenius and Sif Johansson as hospitable hosts. All the BONUS EEIG Members were present. The This year has been extremely excit-ing and eventful for the BONUS project. BONUS has not only planned an extension of its work with a new Workpackage (WP6) and one year’s prolongation, but also a new partner, BONUS EEIG, is

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