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Nokia and John Nurminen Foundation partner to protect biodiversity in the Baltic Sea

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Nokia and John Nurminen Foundation partner to protect biodiversity in the Baltic Sea

  • Three-year partnership agreement to help protect biodiversity in the Baltic Sea for future generations.
  • The John Nurminen Foundation has been working to save the Baltic Sea and its heritage since 1992.
  • The partnership will explore the potential role of digital technology to monitor and help restore a healthy ecosystem in the Baltic Sea.

14 December 2022

Espoo, Finland – Nokia has today announced a new collaboration with the John Nurminen Foundation to protect the Baltic Sea and support the regeneration of a healthy biodiverse ecosystem. This activity is in line with Nokia’s recently announced enhanced Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy, as well as a broader longstanding commitment to advancing the role of technology in combatting climate change and minimizing environmental impacts.

Nokia has committed to a three-year collaboration with the John Nurminen Foundation at a time when the Baltic Sea faces innumerable challenges. As a shallow inland sea, discharges of nitrogen and phosphorous from the surrounding area risk damaging eutrophication*, affecting oxygen levels and biodiversity within the local environment. Climate change can affect this cycle even further.

The John Nurminen Foundation has been working since 1992 on improving understanding of the Baltic Sea and highlighting the risks that it faces, running a series of projects to improve the quality of the water, reducing the nutrient load, and associated environmental problems like eutrophication and nature loss.

Nokia is focused on the role its products play in solving some of the world's most pressing challenges, using connectivity and digitalization to restore stalled productivity, provide inclusive access to opportunity and relieve pressure on the environment and natural ecosystems.

5G, sensors, analytics and other advanced technologies will play an increasingly critical role in supporting the conservation and sustainability of our natural environment by providing immediate up-to-date and constant information on the status of the environment whether on land or in the sea. Working in partnership with the John Nurminen Foundation provides the opportunity to explore that role further.

Nicole Robertson, Vice President, Environmental Social and Governance at Nokia, said: “Through our subsea optical fiber networks, innovations such as acoustic sensing technology, or remote environmental monitoring, Nokia can – and will – continue to play an important role in the marine environment. I am therefore delighted to announce Nokia’s commitment to the Baltic Sea – a unique ecosystem on our doorstep. Working in partnership with the John Nurminen Foundation, is a great example of how we can collaborate with partners to drive sustainable change and help protect critical natural resources and habitats.”

Annamari Arrakoski-Engardt, CEO of John Nurminen Foundation, said: “The John Nurminen Foundation works to save the Baltic Sea - one of the most polluted in the world. Successful results require the support from companies and partners. With Nokia as our main partner, we are able to implement tangible projects to combat eutrophication, the most severe problem of the Baltic Sea. An important part of our foundation's work is also spreading awareness about maritime culture and its link to the Baltic Sea identity. It is a valuable and appreciated joint effort to improve the well-being of our common sea, a work that relies more and more also on advanced digital technology”.

*The eutrophication process occurs when a body of water becomes enriched with nutrients which can lead to the growth of plant life like algae which, when it decomposes, further removes oxygen from the water. This can affect biodiversity within the water.

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About the John Nurminen Foundation
The John Nurminen Foundation’s mission is to save the Baltic Sea and its heritage for future generations. We implement concrete Baltic Sea protection measures that bring results, and ensure that the stories of the sea are passed on to future generations. We at the Foundation share a love for the sea, and a strong belief that nothing is impossible.