News about Memfis • 30 August 2023
Improved marine environmental monitoring in the Baltic and North Sea
The sea knows no borders. Countries around the Baltic Sea and the North Sea need to cooperate even more, in order to improve the state of the marine environment. That is why the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM) and Formas are bringing together decision-makers and experts to further develop future marine environmental monitoring.
On the 9–10 November 2023, SwAM and Formas, a research Council for sustainable development, will arrange an international conference on future environmental monitoring, focusing on innovation and sustainability. The conference will take place in Stockholm.
– Through this conference, we’d like to create a forum where stakeholders can discuss the needs of environmental monitoring, exchange experiences, present new methods and, not least, find opportunities for collaboration. Together we can lay the foundation for future environmental monitoring and a sustainable blue economy,” says Thomas Klein, Head of Environmental Analysis at SwAM.
A forum for collaboration
Environmental monitoring is the basis for good management of our seas, oceans and waters – and a sustainable blue economy. Furthermore, it is of great importance for Sweden’s work with our national environmental quality objectives, while being an important part of European legislation in water and biodiversity. Increased costs, greater cooperation and innovation are pivotal for jointly create the environmental monitoring that the administration needs.
- With this conference, we want to create a forum where stakeholders can discuss the needs of environmental monitoring, exchange experiences, present new methods and, not least, find cooperation opportunities. Together we can lay the foundations for future environmental monitoring and a sustainable blue economy, says Thomas Klein, head of environmental analysis at SwAM.
Efficiency and future in focus
SwAM and Formas have invited politicians, authorities, researchers and businesses from our neighbouring countries; Finland, the Baltic States, Poland, Germany, Denmark and Norway. The conference will focus on the future and how to use and develop the resources we have for marine environmental monitoring.
– Environmental monitoring is an important basis for research on sustainable development and the research provides us with information and knowledge about our environment. Through knowledge exchange and cooperation, environmental monitoring becomes both better and more cost-effective. If we can make even more efficient use of current monitoring infrastructure, innovative monitoring methods and analytical resources, we can support a marine environmental monitoring that helps us achieve both our national environmental goals and the global sustainability goals within Agenda 2030, says John Tumpane, Head of Department at Formas and co-organizer of the conference.
Welcome to the MEMFIS conference – Marine Environmental Monitoring – Future, Innovation, Sustainability.
Do you want to check out speakers and more information about MEMFIS?
News about Memfis • 2023-09-14
The east coast of Scotland is his favorite water place. At the MEMFIS conference Emeritus professor Mike Elliott will elaborate on the paradox of increasing demands and decreasing resources in marine environmental assessment.
News about Memfis • 2023-09-07
Meet one of our speakers at the MEMFIS conference: Matthias Obst, who is fascinated by all the secrets in the ocean. He has many strings on his bow, specialising in marine and benthic ecology and marine conservation biology – amongst other things.