Last week Dr. Marcus Reckermann, head of the Baltic Earth Secretariat, participated in a „hot seat“ event for young scientists to ask and challenge some of the big players in the region. The event was organised by BONUS:
Young people’s views and future options for the Baltic Sea: How will the Baltic Sea change in xx years? The chairs were turned and the Baltic Sea young scientists’ views mirrored against those of key macro-regional actors. The hot seat addressed scenarios of future development under multiple drivers and pressures and the human-induced activities that affect the Baltic Sea and all of us living around it. The session cut across all three EUSBSR sub-objectives of Save the Sea, Connect the Region and Increase Prosperity.
The panellists were selected from leading Baltic Sea macro-regional actors HELCOM, VASAB and other Baltic Sea regional actors on future scenarios. Also, a joint scenarios cluster of BONUS projects held a region-wide workshop in spring 2016 and Baltic Earth’s work on assessment of climate change for the Baltic Sea basin (BACC II) added the latest information.
The outcome of the session answered questions such as ‘Where are the current and/or desired joint efforts taking us when the aim is to ensure the long-term sustainability and prosperous future of our common, fragile sea?’ and ‘How can we find a desired, common vision for the coming years AND adapt a mind-set necessary for changes needed?’ The outcomes are envisaged to be useful in answering the overarching Forum theme of ‘One region, one vision’ from the young scientists’ – the leaders of tomorrow – perspectives.