Welcome to Baltic Sea World Heritage Summit!

We believe that we are stronger together, and weaker when divided. We believe that great ideas should be shared. We believe in the Baltic Sea as a bond, not an obstacle. We believe that Coastal World Heritage sites around our common sea should cooperate more, not less. This is why we have created Baltic Sea World Heritage Summit.

Are you a World Heritage Coordinator, a leading politician or a manager in the public sector of a coastal World Heritage Site in the Baltic Sea area? We believe in you. We want you to join us at Baltic Sea World Heritage in Karlskrona. Come and shape the agenda together with us. Come and shape the future!

Sandra Bizzozero
Mayor of Karlskrona

Who is this meeting for?

Baltic Sea World Heritage Summit aims at gathering representatives from all coastal World Heritage sites around the Baltic Sea. The participants are World Heritage Coordinators, officials and politicians from the municipalities or regions, representatives from other organizations or businesses involved in the world heritages and representatives from the tourism industry.

If you are a leading representative from any stakeholder och business involved in the coastal world heritage sites in the Baltic Sea region, this summit is for you.

Please note that there is a limited number of available tickets for the summit.

Former Prime Minister of Sweden Fredrik Reinfeldt will participate in the conference.

Preliminary Agenda

We create the agenda together with you. That is why we have added “You own the Agenda”, with time for you to lead the conference or talk about the work done in your World Heritage.

  • Tuesday, September 24

    Location: Skeppsbrokajen 4

    • 11.00-14.00 Registration, mingle and have lunch at restaurant Vass in the guest harbor
    • 14.00 Inaguration of Baltic Sea World Heritage Summit by the Governor of Blekinge Sten Nordin
    • 14.30 You own the Agenda - Three slide update. Each World Heritage site presents themselves on three Powerpoint slides for 3 minutes
    • 15.00 Making the visitors understand the story of our World Heritage
      The High Coast/Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage contains several visiting locations in two countries. How do we interpret the story and communicate a coherent message to the visitors without missing any important parts of the story? In this workshop we will tell you about the process of creating strategic communication and an Interpretation plan to meet this challenge, and hopefully give you some inspiration and ideas. We will also give you the opportunity to test one way to interpret the subtheme “Why World Heritage Sites and the UNESCO World Heritage Convention are important”.
    • 15.30 Coffee break
    • 16.00 Tony Watson, Lake District in England: World Heritage as a motor for sustainable business development. 
    • 19.00 Dinner at Brinova Arena


  • Wednesday, September 25 (joint day with Baltic Meeting Point)

    Location: Blekinge School of Technology

    • 08.20 Bus from the hotels

    • 09.00 Good morning and recap from yesterday

    • 09.30 Yngve Bergqvist, founder of Icehotel
      How to create a world-class destination with your local resources. Yngve created the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi in the north of Sweden 25 years ago. Today it is a world famous destination with visitors from all over the globe.

    • 10.30 Coffee break

    • 11.00 Burcu Özdemir, UNESCO specialist: Risk Management and Disaster Strategies in Cultural Heritages

    • 12.00 Panel: Using your local assets to create an attractive destination for tourists
      With Burcu Özdemir (Unesco), Max Dager (Karlskrona municipality), Yngve Bergqvist (Icehotel) and Olle Jonäng (NECSTouR)

    • 12.30 Lunch

    • 13.30 Fredrik Reinfeldt, Former Prime Minister of Sweden: international cooperation and the leadership required

    • 14.30 Round table discussions on international cooperation

    • 15.00 Coffee break

    • 15.30 Åsa Trulsson: “commerce and cooperation around the Baltic Sea: lessons from a 1000 years ago”
      Åsa is a historian who tells the story of cooperation and trade around the Baltic Sea and beyond. How did the Vikings and their neighbours organize their trade networks? What can we learn today about leadership, inclusion, cooperation and entrepreneurship by studying them?

    • 16.15 Teambuilding and innovation exercises with Hyper Island
      Hyper Island and its global network of schools and business designs transformative learning experiences to enable growth for individuals and for businesses. In this interactive workshop you will take part in practical exercises to improve teambuilding and innovation.

    • 17.15 Using Minecraft to recreate historic and cultural assets
      Minecraft is a computer game and a global success story. It enables you to build your own worlds in collaboration with other players. In this workshop we will explore how kids can use this game to recreate a World Heritage Site and learn about the history and value of the place. If you are brave you might get the opportunity to get a 10 year old mentor who teaches you how to build your home city. In cooperation with Skövde University.

    • 18.00 Buses to the hotels

    • 19.30 A night at the Naval Museum - banquet
      Welcome to a very special evening at the Naval Museum of Sweden. Dress code: semi-formal (suit and tie).

  • Thursday, September 26

    Location: Skeppsbrokajen 4

    • 09.00 Good morning and recap from yesterday
    • 09.30 Annelie Börjesson, president of the United Nations Association of Sweden: UN perspective on heritage and peace
      Safeguarding the world’s cultural and natural properties and heritage contributes to sustainable development and therefore increases the effectiveness of the 2030 Agenda. The Global Goals have a potential to help building a resilient, peaceful and sustainable Baltic Sea region. UNA Sweden President Ms Annelie Börjesson, who recently attended the 2019 High Level Political Forum in New York, will present some challenges and ideas for the work ahead.
    • 10.00 Coffee Break
    • 10.15 Sustainable management of heritage destinations and the benefits of the Green Destinations system
      How to become a sustainable destination? The non-profit foundation Green Destinations has developed a reporting tool that helps destinations all over the world in their efforts in managing the destination in a sustainable way. Learn in this presentation how the system works and hear some good examples. Emil Selse and Peter Reelfs, Green Destinations preferred partners.
    • 11.00 Baltic Sea World Heritage Summit: next steps
    • 12.00 Bus to the Residency, lunch on the go
    • 12.30 Closing event at the Residency of the Governor of Blekinge
    • 13.30 Closing of Baltic Sea World Heritage Summit 2019


Free of charge

The conference is free of charge. Included is the conference activities, dinner on day 1, transportation to Blekinge Institute of Technology on day 2, three lunches and the banquet. Not included is accommodation, breakfast, travel to and from Karlskrona. 

We kindly ask you to register only when you are certain that you will participate, as the number of seats is limited.

Project Management

Baltic Sea World Heritage Summit has been created within the framework of the Interreg South Baltic project DUNC - Development of UNESCO Natural & Cultural assets. The summit and DUNC are created by a team led by project manager Niklas Carlsson.

If you have any questions regarding the summit, please contact the project manager:

Email: niklas.carlsson@karlskrona.se
Phone: +46 455 32 15 24