Sustainable use of aquatic natural resources now and in the future

The key project for blue bioeconomy has granted a total of EUR 5 million in funding to innovative experiments and development projects. Funding from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has been used for various pilots and experimental projects aiming toward increased internationalisation in the water sector, new service concepts for water tourism, energy utilisation and digital solutions for the blue bioeconomy.

The key project event on the blue bioeconomy held in March brought together industry experts and the implementers of projects that received key project funding. The event included talks by experts and presentations by project operators on the activities, objectives and impacts of the projects that received funding. The objective of the event was to provide a picture of new developments in the blue bioeconomy and to promote networking and collaboration between industry operators in implementing current projects and especially future initiatives.

In his opening speech at the event, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Jari Leppä commented that a great deal of economic activity depends on water and water resources. For this reason, the significance of water resources will inevitably grow in the future, both in Finland and globally. The growing population, climate change and urbanisation mean we have to seek out new solutions to meet our fast-growing water, food and energy needs.

At the national level, the objectives of the development plan on the blue bioeconomy have been implemented by funding important projects using the financing instruments available in different administrative branches by making public investments and necessary procurements in a new way. 

Presentations at the key project event on the blue bioeconomy

Theme 1 Boosting internalisation in the water sector

Introduction: Internationalisation and promotion of exports in the Finnish water sector (material in Finnish), Topi Helle, Managing Director, Finnish Water Forum

Theme 2 Wellbeing and tourism

Introduction: Clean nature and waters as the foundation for successful tourism in Finland (material in Finnish), Kristiina Hietasaari, Director, Head of Product and Content, Visit Finland

Theme 3 Nutrients and energy               

Introduction: Blue bioeconomy and circular economy – Finland’s opportunities for international growth, Ilmari Absetz, Director of Programs, Business Finland

Theme 4 Digitalisation

Introduction: Digitalisation conquers water processes (material in Finnish), Pirkko Taskinen, Director, AIF Water Ecosystem


Further information

Timo Halonen, Ministerial Adviser 
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Natural Resources Department, Fisheries Industry Unit 0295162411