Will our freshwaters sustain the green shift?

Venue: Hurdalsjøen Hotel, near Gardermoen, Oslo (OSL Airport; railway station, bus connection). Transport from airport and railway will be provided.

The conference will be streamed for digital attendance, and digital group work will be facilitated.

Date and time: 9 June 2022, 10:00-16:00.

Conference language: English

Target sectors: Agriculture, forestry, water and environment, and related industries. We welcome managers, NGOs, sector organisations, industry representatives, scientists and any other interested stakeholders!

Conference fee:

Day packet (conference and lunch): NOK 790 per day. (Free for invited contributors.)

Note: Biowater pays all day-packages on the 9th, for both invited stakeholders and Biowater researchers.

Since we are past the first deadlines, we ask you to please contact the hotel if you need a hotel room: Booking Hurdalsjøen post@hurdalsjoen.no

If the hotel is full, we can help you find a hotel at Gardermoen and organise a taxi service.



Thursday June 9th 2022 at 10:00 to 16:00
Monday May 16th 2022 at 16:00


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  • 9 June

  • 10:00


  • 10:15-11:15

    Messages from four Nordic managers

    How may a developing bioeconomy affect our land use and water resources, and what are the main water quality challenges in each country (linked to WFD’s River Basin Management Plans).

  • 11:15-11:30

    Coffee break

    Biowater posters will be available 

  • 11:15-12:30

    How may a developing bioeconomy affect our water resources?

    Understanding the past to unravel the future
    What do long time series tell us of levels and trends in nutrient concentrations in Nordic catchments (forested, agriculture, near pristine)?

    Scenarios for future land use in Fenno-Scandia under a bioeconomy.

    Modelling the future:
    What will the consequences of these scenarios be for nutrient status in rivers in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden?

  • 12:30-13:30

    Lunch break

    Biowater posters will be available 

  • 13:30-14:00

    What will the impacts of changed water quality be for ecology and society?

    Changes in water resources will affect the ecology, and therefore the ecosystem services that river basins provide: What do people especially value in terms of ecosystem services from catchments?

  • 14:00-14:30

    Do we have the remedy?

    What new knowledge do we have on mitigation measures and nature-based solutions?

  • 14:30-14:45

    Coffee break

    Biowater posters will be available 

  • 14:45-15:30

    Discussions in groups

    Participants split up in smaller groups reflecting relevant mixtures of professions, sectors and disciplines. Sticker session and brief reports back to the plenary.

  • Discussion themes:

    • What will the main impacts of a bioeconomy be on the land-use in Nordic countries?
    • What will the main impacts of a bioeconomy be on the water resources (quality and quantity) in Nordic countries?
    • What are the main obstacles for implementing measures? (legal, economic, technical, attitude)
    • What are the most likely trade-offs between bioeconomic development and water quality?
    • Do we have to “sacrifice” some waters to provide more food, wood (building material) and bioenergy?
    • Will the waters in the Nordic region in fact become cleaner, when the region gets greener?

    Can a bioeconomy be sustainable at all?

  • 15:30-16:00

    Plenary session: Summing up and the way forward


For any questions contact Eva Skarbøvik


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