Finnish family business supports recovery of the Baltic Sea – Transmeri donates 100,000 euros to the CoastClim research center
The donation went to CoastClim at the University of Helsinki, a new multidisciplinary center for coastal ecosystem and climate research. For the first time in the Baltic Sea region, the center brings together experts from the fields of marine ecology, biogeochemistry and atmospheric research. CoastClim is part of the University’s Zoological Research Station in Tvärminne, Hanko.
Transmeri is a 93 year old Finnish family company operating in the Finnish, Baltic and Swedish markets, among others. University Chancellor Kaarle Hämeri, Professor Alf Norkko and Research Coordinator Joanna Norkko from the Tvärminne Research Station accepted the donation on November 2, 2021 during a ceremony at the company’s headquarters.
– CoastClim was chosen as the destination of our donation when we were looking for a project that would encourage responsibility and best support our values, says Sari Rosin, CEO of Oy Transmeri Ab.
– At the same time, our company is also celebrating a milestone, as our collaboration with SC Johnson has been going on for 90 years. SC Johnson does a lot of responsible work, for example in protecting the oceans, and our donation is in some ways a gift for our long-term cooperation and proof of a similar world of values in our companies, says Rosin.
Research data helps make better decisions
CoastClim aims to provide consistent information about the interactions between the processes in the Baltic Sea and its coastal environment, as well as the atmosphere and its significance for the climate.
– With climate change, the world is changing so fast now that we need to do even better interdisciplinary research to support decision-making. We simply cannot afford wrong decisions, emphasizes Professor Alf Norkko.
– This requires completely new research and also research infrastructure. Therefore, support from foundations, companies and private donors is also in demand. We are therefore very happy about the donation from Transmer, says Norkko.
– We hope that our donation will contribute to the recovery of the Baltic Sea, which is important for all of us so that biodiversity is preserved for future generations, continues Rosin.