Stakeholders are important for BIOWATER, and we believe that BIOWATER is important for Stakeholders. In a changing world, being prepared is vital both for management and business institutions. Hence, BIOWATER’s research into the future consequences of the green shift on the environment should be highly relevant.
Newsletters and briefs
- May 2019: BIOWATER NEWSLETTER No1 2019
- February 2020: BIOWATER NEWSLETTER No1 2020
- June 2021: BIOWATER NEWSLETTER No1 2021
Our policy briefs intend to inform stakeholders in a popularised way of our progress:
Policy Brief # 1 2020: How green will a bioeconomy be for our Nordic water resources? (2020) is a brief that gives an overview of the BIOWATER special issue in the journal Ambio (49)11 2020. Twelve papers on bioeconomy and its possible impacts on water resources and the society have been condensed into four pages.
Policy brief # 2 2020: Nutrient reference conditions in Nordic waters (BIOWATER Policy Brief #2 2020)
Policy briefs and fact sheets in local language:
Referansetilstand for næringsstoffer i elver: Sammenligning av nordiske lands tilnærminger. BIOWATER Faktaark Desember 2020 (On reference conditions in Nordic rivers)
Hva betyr nydyrking for vannmiljøet? NIBIO-POP 41(6) 2020 (on cultivation of new land and its impacts on the water environment)
Our opinion briefs are short and more personal notices discussing important aspects of bioeconomy and the terms we are using to understand its impacts on water resources and us as a society.
Ecosystem services: Can the concept help policy and management? (2020) Ecosystem services is a buzz-word that not all of us fully understand. In this opinion brief, Prof. Jan Vermaat gives a personal view of how he has approached the topic.
Brochure to stakeholders
We have prepared a Stakeholder brochure (English) that gives a short overview of the Centre’s aims and activities related to user interests. In addition to the English version, the brochure is also available in Danish and Norwegian: Stakeholder brochure_Dansk Norsk Biowaterbrosjyre.
Stakeholders and scenario development
In BIOWATER, stakeholders are especially valued for their inputs to our scenario developments. We have used the shared socio-economic pathways (SSPs), and transferred them to a set of Nordic Bioeconomy Pathways (see the paper of Rakovic et al. 2020). The five Shared Socio-economic Pathways (SSPs) comprise, very much simplified:
- SSP1: a world of sustainability-focused growth and equality;
- SSP2 a “middle of the road” world where trends broadly follow their historical patterns;
- SSP3 a fragmented world of “resurgent nationalism” (building borders);
- SSP4 a world of ever-increasing inequality (cities first); and
- SSP5 a world of rapid and unconstrained growth in economic output and energy use (read more).
Then we have asked stakeholders how they believe each scenario will turn out in the Nordic rural landscapes, given a set of 15 main questions. For example, how may the diversity of the cropping system be under the five different scenarios? Will it be more intense, with a low diversity of crops, or will it be diversified and novel, with high diversity of crops? And how will the forests be managed? Will there be fertilized monocultures with clear-felling, or will there be more focus on mixed species stands with more environmentally friendly harvesting?
Stakeholder workshops and interviews have now been completed
In 2018 and 2019, stakeholder interactions were conducted. Representatives of different sectors (agriculture, forestry and industry), as well as water managers at different levels, have either met in workshops (Norway and Finland) or been interviewed (Denmark and Sweden.
Finnish stakeholder workshop, in consideration of future scenarios.
Earlier stakeholder events
Stakeholders were invited to the Biowater kick-off meeting in autumn 2017, at Silkeborg in Denmark. In addition to the general programme, there was a group work on scenarios where the stakeholdes and scientists discussed possible future pathways due to the green shift. The stakeholders also participated in our field trip to study artificial wetlands in Danish rural landscapes.