After initial conversations with Region Gotland today, this website (in Swedish) outlines the main local challenges for the region from now until 2040.
A few things they highlighted in our call:
The main challenge is a growing population, but most them are too old to contribute to the workforce. So the region needs more people who can also contribute to the local industries etc.
Gotland has also been named an “energy pilot” by the Swedish government, to explore new energy solutions - but they currently lack funding. So that’s another relevant challenge.
The overall focus for them until 2040 is transformation/“the shift” of society from a holistic point of view. So not just climate.
Their most important industries right now is tourism and food/beverage, but they also seek to highlight their academic strength. In these times of Covid-19, their tourism industry is suffering a great deal, which shifts the focus to the short term (thus, not optimal or sustainable for the region).
That’s a staring point, and we’ll add more here as we go. If you’d like to join the WoW Visby team, feel free to reach out to me (we’ll soon post a WoW Visby team post as well, and link it in this thread).