2nd Mission Arena by Blue Mission BANOS

25–26 Apr 2024 | Riga, Latvia

Thursday, 25 April 2024 | 16:00 - 17:45

Innovative Strategies for Restoring Lakes and Rivers: Aligning with EU Mission “Restore Our Ocean and Waters”

Location:Hall 2
  • Mission Ocean & Waters
45 participants

Participants will discuss available approaches and measures developed and tested in several restoration projects of the region’s countries. Reduction of internal loading and removal of nutrients, uptake of pollutants, knowledge transfer across the borders - all is relevant for the region's unique challenges. We plan to define actionable next steps as a part of roadmap to advance the implementation of discussed approaches and beyond, in alignment with the EU Mission objectives.

Workshop AGENDA

16:00 – 16:05 Welcome and Introduction - overview of the workshop objectives and agenda, Anda Ikauniece, LHEI

16:05 – 16:55 Plenary session - showcase of technologies and techniques, sharing of experiences, each presentation 8 minutes:

Framing the restoration measures - Mikael Malmaeus, IVL, project LIFE IP RichWaters

Low flow dredging - action against internal phosphorus loading in lakes and coastal waters - Jenny Herbertsson, Municipality of Katrineholm, project LIFE IP RichWaters

Knowledge transfer and application - Inga Retiķe, LHEI, project Interreg BSR TRUST ALUM

Restoration of small rivers in Latvia - Jānis Šīre, LEGMC, project LIFE GoodWater IP

Removing nutrients from lakes with closed-circuit hypolimnetic withdrawal - Laura Härkönen, SYKE, project RaPo

How to improve an urban lake - Inga Retiķe, LHEI, project Interreg EstLat BioFloat

16:55 – 17:35 Facilitated discussions in four thematic groups:

1. Nature-based solutions & restorative actions, facilitator Maya Miltell, SUBMARINER

2. Management of water bodies, facilitator Anna Hammarstedt, IVL

3. Monitoring of water bodies, facilitator Anda Ikauniece, LHEI

4. Reduction of nutrient loading, facilitator Karoliina Koho, GTK

17:35 – 17:45 Summary of key insights from the discussion groups, 2 min from each group

9 speakers

  • Laura Härkönen

    Senior Research Scientist

    Finnish Environment Institute

  • Inga Retike


    Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology

  • Jenny Herbertsson


    Samhällsbyggnadsförvaltningen Katrineholm

  • Mikael Malmaeus

    IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

  • Anda Ikauniece

    senior researcher

    Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology

  • Karoliina Koho

    Head of Science and Innovations

    Geological Survey of Finland

  • Maya Miltell

    Project Manager

    SUBMARINER Networks

  • Anna Hammarstedt

    Business Developer

    IVL the Swedish Environmental Institute

  • Jānis Šīre

    LIFE GoodWater IP project manager

    Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre