The 12th meeting of CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development (EGSD), was held back to back with the 4th Round Table of the Baltic Sea Region Climate Change Dialogue Platform, on the 28th and 29th April in Tallinn.
The 12th meeting of CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development
The 12th meeting of the EGSD started with the current state of play of sustainable development in the Baltic Sea region and focused on the possible future of the Expert Group beyond 2015.
The years 2015 and 2016 are important for the Baltic 21 as the current EGSD mandate and the CBSS Sustainable Development Strategy 2010-2015 will expire this year. For that reason the group reflected on a new macro- regional sustainable development agenda in the BSR post 2015, potential options for future focus areas and composition of the Expert Group. The discussion was based on the EGSD review and its recommendations for the future of Baltic 21, and the preliminary results of the study “Assessing the status of sustainable development in the Baltic Sea region – a macro regional perspective”, conducted by Center of Sustainable Development at Uppsala University.
As the EGSD is acting as the Coordination Committee of the Horizontal Action Sustainable in the EUSBSR, the second part of the discussion was dedicated to the revision process of the EUSBSR Action Plan. The Expert Group was also briefed on projects submitted to the 1st call of the INTERREG Baltic Sea region programme, and potential new flagships under the Horizontal Action.
Next Expert Group meeting is scheduled for the second half of 2015 and will be the first EGSD meeting during the Polish CBSS Presidency. For the upcoming presidency the main priorities of the EGSD will be climate change adaptation, continuation of the elaboration on a new sustainable development agenda post 2015, and enhancing cooperation with other regional organisations dealing with sustainable development.
Find the agenda from the latest EGSD meeting here.
The 4th Round Table of the Baltic Sea Region Climate Change Dialogue Platform
The 4th Round Table of the Baltic Sea Region Climate Change Dialogue Platform, which gathered national representatives from the majority of CBSS´s member countries, other pan-Baltic organisations, research institutes as well as the European Environment Agency, was set to discuss challenges and opportunities in local and regional adaptation to climate change in the Baltic Sea region. With key examples of national perspectives from Poland, Sweden and Latvia, and presentations of practical local solutions and tools in adaptation and planning, the round table provided a sharing platform for knowledge and data.
Following up on previous round tables the meeting also provided a continuation of the development towards a knowledge and information sharing webpage for the BSR, the so called Climate Inventory *. In relation to this, Kati Mattern, project manager – Climate Change Adaptation, European Environment Agency, updated the round table on the EU Climate Adapt database section for the Baltic Sea region, which will be the database in use for this purpose. Finally, the round table also agreed on the joint development of a capacity building and training seminar on adaptation for local and regional authorities, and a macro-regional awareness raising campaign on climate change for the Baltic Sea region.
The 5th Round Table of the BSR Climate Change Dialogue Platform will be held during the Polish CBSS presidency in autumn 2015.
* The round table agreed on a list of six main topics for the Climate Inventory to initially focus on:
- Best (& bad) practice sharing with concrete case study examples and a full compendium of on-going and finalised relevant adaptation projects from the region
- Climate Scenarios & risk assessments
- Cost benefits analyses & management plans
- Indicators and Parameters
- Governance methods and effective communication tools
- Contacts and networks
For more information on the 4th Round Table of the BSR Climate Change Dialogue Platform:
For more information about the country perspectives to climate change adaptation, find the presentations by Latvia, Poland and Sweden. Find presentation on climate change adaptation in St. Petersburg here.
Find presentation by the European Environment Agency here, the SEI Tallinn Centre here, by Dr. Kristina Blennow from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences here, and the Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory, Roshydromet St. Petersburg here.
Click here to see pictures on Flickr from both events.