BlueAdapt – Enhancing Adaptive Capacity for Sustainable Blue Growth

BlueAdapt builds pathways for sustainable blue growth by promoting innovations and adaptive governance.

Finland’s rivers, lakes, as well as coastal and marine waters, are an underrecognized resource for building future success and Finnish welfare. Aquatic environments provide valuable opportunities for growth, but at the same time, their future is also threatened by some of today’s economic activities, together with climate change.

BlueAdapt develops new ways to support sustainable blue growth in food production, energy and tourism. To reach the twin goals of sustainable growth and good ecological status of waters, BlueAdapt seeks societally significant innovations and development paths, as well as novel forms of governance and regulation. Together with key stakeholders, BlueAdapt will co-create a science-based policy proposal, the Blue Economy Action Plan. The action plan will contain proposals for new measures promoting adaptation and growth, a coherent proposal for a legislative reform, and finally, actions to improve the role of the public sector in promoting adaptation.

Demos Helsinki works in the project together with five research partners. The project is funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland. The multidisciplinary consortium is led by Anna-Stiina Heiskanen, professor and director of the Freshwater Centre at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).

Work packages are led by:

Otso Ovaskainen, University of Helsinki (Drivers and Impacts)
Helena Valve, Finnish Environment Institute (Promoting innovations and renewal of business models)
Jukka Similä, University of Lapland (Adaptivity of regulation and policy)
Markku Ollikainen, University of Helsinki (Improving policies to facilitate sustainable growth: Blue Economy Action Plan)

Demos Helsinki is responsible for BlueAdapt’s communication and interaction activities. Demos’ work in the project is led by Mikael Sokero.

Contact us:

Anna-Stiina Heiskanen
Project leader
Centre at the Finnish Environment Institute
+358 295 251 162

Mikael Sokero
Interaction coordinator
Demos Helsinki
+358 40 164 6453

Our other research consortia funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC):