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13th meeting of the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development – Baltic 21 and the 5th Round Table of the BSR Climate Change Dialogue Platform

The Polish Ministry of Environment hosted the 13th meeting of the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development – Baltic 21 and the 5th Roundtable of the Baltic Sea Region Climate Change Dialogue Platform on 28-29 October.

The 13th EGSD meeting was chaired by Ms. Edyta Sysło from Polish Ministry of Environment. CBSS Secretariat Baltic 21 Unit was represented by Ms. Krista Kampus.

Other participants represented the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, Estonian Ministry of Environment, Germany Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Swedish Ministry of Environment, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, European Commission (DG REGIO), Union of the Baltic Cities and Baltic University Programme Secretariat.

Ms. Sysło presented the EGSD Chairmanship priorities and upcoming activities. Participants of the meeting shared their plans related to the Baltic 21 agenda.

Professor Lars Rydén, Director of the Baltic University Programme presented the outcomes of the study entitled “Assessing the status of sustainable development in the Baltic Sea region: a macro-regional perspective”, initiated and implemented by Baltic University Programme, Uppsala University. The study reflects how the new global sustainable development goals can reinforce cooperation within the Baltic Sea Region post 2015.

The report also served as a basis for discussion on the EGSD future. The EGSD meeting participants agreed to prolong the mandate for 3 years and identify new focus areas contributing to the 2030 Agenda.

The 5th Roundtable of the BSR Climate Change Dialogue Platform was chaired by Mr. Szymon Tumielewicz and Mr. Marcin Grądzki from the Polish Ministry of Environment.

Participants included members of the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development – Baltic 21, and representatives from the Estonian Environmental Research Centre, SEI Tallinn Centre, International Baltic Earth Secretariat, the City of St. Petersburg, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, European Commission (DG CLIMATE), European Environment Agency, Spatial Planning Initiative VASAB and the Chair of the Adaptation Working Group of the Carpathian Convention.

The Roundtable focused on adaptation policy development and frameworks, including the latest state of play of the EU Climate Change Adaptation Strategy implementation, results of the 2nd Assessment of Climate Changes in the Baltic Sea basin, indicators and parameters used by the Baltic Sea Region countries, local actions on climate change adaptation, further development of the BSR section of EU Climate Adapt and cooperation with other EU macro-regions.

Ms. Katarzyna Snyder and Ms. Monika Kuśmierczyk from the Polish Ministry of Environment briefed the participants of the Roundtable on UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations and preparations for COP21.

The 5th Roundtable included two interactive sessions. The first one was devoted to joint parameters and indicators on monitoring the climate change in the BSR, stemming from a survey initiated by the 4th Roundtable of the BSR Climate Dialogue Platform meeting on 28th of April in Tallinn. The second interactive session was dedicated to local actions on climate change adaptation.

In spring 2016 Polish Ministry of Environment is planning to organise a Climate Change Adaptation Conference within the framework of the CBSS Presidency.