Towards an implementation strategy for the Baltic Blue Growth Agenda

Funding programme:
Lead Partner:
Total budget:
 300.000 EUR
Project duration:
September 2016 – May 2017
Topic:

Maritime policy and blue growth

Background:
The Sustainable Blue Growth Agenda for the Baltic Sea Region, adopted by the European Commission in 2014, highlights the extraordinary potential for developing the maritime economy in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR).
A hotbed for innovation and competitiveness, the BSR also features a strong tradition of transnational cooperation for working with and for a healthy Baltic Sea. In order to harness these unique characteristics, the Commission has now taken the development of the Baltic Blue Growth Agenda one step further.

Assignment:

s.Pro was assigned by the European Commission to support DG MARE in kick-starting the implementation of its Baltic Blue Growth Agenda by raising mutual understanding, creating ownership and stimulating the systematic interplay between the various actors throughout the region. The Implementation Strategy focused on 4 thematic areas – blue bio-economy, shipping, environmental & monitoring technology and tourism.

Starting in September 2016 and running for 10 months, the process followed a step-by-step approach with various formats of involving and reaching out to stakeholders:
  1. Desk research provided an initial overview of existing actors, projects and initiatives to identify the most important development trends and action gaps in each of the chosen opportunity areas.
  2. Surveys were carried out to verify and complement the desk research. 
  3. Interviews were held with selected stakeholders to gain deepened insight on priorities and possible actors.
  4. Scoping papers were developed for each of the four opportunity areas to capture the results of the three previous steps and identify the most important development fields that have the biggest potential for sustainable growth.
  5. Four interactive discussion workshops were held to discuss and agree on the identified entrepreneurial opportunities, industry challenges and to explore the necessary transformative steps and structures as to finalise the strategic transformation maps for each of the chosen opportunity areas.
  6. The implementation strategy was published, outlining possible activities, projects and interventions for the above-mentioned areas.
This assignment was implemented by s.Pro (lead) together with Ecorys under the “Framework Contract for Identifying and Supporting Blue Growth Projects in Emerging Sectors“ of the DG MARE.

In close cooperation with its consortium partners, s.Pro is responsible for:
  • Conducting a desk research which will provide an initial overview of existing actors, projects and initiatives;
  • Carrying out surveys to verify and complement the desk research. The surveys will be open to all stakeholders;
  • Holding interviews with selected stakeholders to gain deepened insight on priorities and possible actors;
  • Developing scoping papers for each of the four opportunity areas to capture the results of the three previous steps and identify the most important development fields;
  • Organising four interactive discussion workshops to discuss and agree on the identified entrepreneurial opportunities, industry challenges and to explore the necessary transformative steps and structures as to finalise the strategic transformation maps for each of the chosen opportunity areas;
  • Publishing the implementation strategy, outlining possible activities, projects and interventions for the above-mentioned areas

Towards an implementation strategy for the sustainable Blue Growth Agenda for the Baltic Sea Region

96 Pages, PDF 29.6 MB (June 2017)
The report, which was elaborated by s.Pro for the European Commission (DG MARE), collates the results of a systematic stakeholder dialogue in the Baltic Sea Region. The aim of the dialogue was to identify and discuss in greater depth the processes necessary to realise the Baltic Blue Growth Agenda in the coming years. s.Pro is the author of the publication.