The nomination period for Björn Carlsons Östersjöpris (i.e. Baltic Sea Prize) 2023 is about to close. May 15 is the last day to send in nominations of researchers or others who have made valuable contributions to a healthier Baltic Sea. Taking place in the nomination committee is Marie Berglund, a biologist with broad experience from environmental issues, chemistry and process engineering.
– Emissions from industrial point sources have decreased significantly in recent decades. And this development will continue. Strong legislation in several countries around the Baltic Sea has made this possible. Today, the Baltic Sea suffers from, for example, nutrient discharges from numerous diffuse sources and, I believe, overfishing. To handle those problems seems to be very difficult from a political point of view, says Marie Berglund.
Marie Berglund is one of the five nomination committee members for Björn Carlsons Östersjöpris, where she represents the board of Björn Carlsons Östersjöstiftelse (BalticSea2020). From 2005 to 2020, the foundation allocated grants totalling SEK 650 million for research and applied projects for the Baltic Sea. Since 2021, Björn Carlsons Östersjöpris awards SEK 3 million annually to a researcher or other person, in order to create commitment to the Baltic Sea and inspire further work for a healthier sea.
– In 5-10 years from now, I hope that we have got an ecosystem based management of the Baltic Sea where the cod, herring and sprat live in sustainable populations and where we can see a recovery of the overall water quality, says Marie Berglund.
The nomination period for Björn Carlsons Östersjöpris 2023 is open from 15 February to 15 May. Organizations, institutions, and individuals can send in nominations on the foundation’s website. When the nomination closes, it is the nomination committee’s important task to select and present the finalists to the board.