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BalticSTERN coordinates international research with the purpose of doing cost-benefit analyses regarding the environmental problems of the Baltic Sea and give guidance towards cost-effective measures and policy instruments.
The international research network BalticSTERN has partners in all nine Baltic Sea countries. STERN stands for System Tools and Ecologic-economic-evaluation - a Research Network. The assignment originates from a request by Nordic Ministers of the Environment to obtain a "stern-like" analysis of costs of action as well as inaction with regard to the environmental problems facing the Baltic Sea. This being inspired by the economic analyses regarding climate change made by Sir Nicholas Stern for the British Prime minister in 2006.
A task of the BalticSTEN Secretariat is to facilitate policy-science and stakeholder dialogues regarding research within the network and in March 2013 results from research within the network was summarized in a report directed to Governments, Parliaments and other decision makers.
The BalticSTERN secretariat also contributes to Swedish activities in the working group for socio-economic analysis under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive within EU.
Previous work experiences
- Employments at Swedish Competition Authority and Swedish National Audit Office.
- Different positions within the Ministry for the Environment since 1988. Responsible for economic instruments, EU- coordinator, negotiations on EU membership. Executive director Swedish Ecocycle Commission 1993-1998. Executive director Swedish Environmental Advisory Council 1998- 2008. Head of Secretariat in Overview of the Swedish System for Environmental Quality Objectives 2008-09.
Bachelor of Science, Stockholm School of Economics. Academic degrees in Social Anthropology and Economic History.
Blenckner, T., J. Hentati Sundberg, M.C. Öhman, H. Österblom and the BalticSTERN secretariat
2013 - Policy brief or report
The Baltic Sea is a complex ecosystem with a multitude of physical, chemical and biological interactions functioning on various temporal and spatial scales. The Baltic Sea is under severe stress as a result of the combination of a large human population in the catchment area, the environmental effects of anthropogenic activities and its special geographical, climatological and oceanographical characteristics. The environmental...
Tore Söderqvist, Heini Ahtiainen, Janne Artell, Mikolaj Czajkowski, Berit Hasler, Linus Hasselström, Anni Huhtala, Marianne Källstrøm, Julia Khaleeva, Louise Martinsen, Jürgen Meyerhoff, Tea Nõmmann, Ieva Oskolokaite, Olga Rastrigina, Daiva Semeniene, Åsa Soutukorva, Heidi Tuhkanen, Alf Vanags and Natalia Volchkova
2010 - Report
Publication review Inhabitants around the Baltic Sea express worry about the environmental situation. With 80 per cent of all people living in the Baltic Sea region having spent leisure time there, the Baltic Sea is frequently used for recreational activities such as swimming, sunbathing or just enjoying the seashore for walking or picnicking. But there are clouds looming in the horizon. Despite its young age (approximatel...