On April 19th and 20th of 2016, forty participants, including 7 Baltic Sea region municipality representatives from Sweden, Poland, Lithuania, and Finland, gathered in Stockholm. The group also included solution providers, academia, research institutions, government agencies, and funders from the Baltic Sea.
The overall objective of the Innovation Lab was to refine, identify and innovate around the actions needed in each city in order to secure local economic and social benefits of managing Baltic Sea environmental challenges. Over the course of two days’ participants engaged in facilitated discussions that focused on deepening participant’s commitments and strategy according to the accelerator process.
The Lab consisted of supporting cities in vision setting, nutrient source mapping, identifying strategic objectives, and identifying relevant measures and initiatives needed to reduce nutrient flow.
Municipalities worked with peers and industry experts to identify, co-create and design cost-effective solutions to their nutrient challenge. This could be a policy, restoration measure, communication plan, or infrastructure investment
This first Innovation Lab laid a foundation for a strong network that is willing to work collectively to reach the long term vision of engaging 100 municipalities in the accelerator by 2020.
Cities were teamed up with advisors to understand the business case of their initiative. In some cases, this means a company, consultant or lawyer.
Municipalities worked to make preparations needed to implement solutions, policies or actions within the municipality (political approval, financing, solution providers).
A Solutions Marketplace was organised. Each municipality was teamed up with potential solution providers. Companies such as Google, Mannheimer-Swartling, Ramböll, GE and research institutions were present.