Sustainable & Prosperous Region projects

Cross Border Information Management in the BSR (CBIM-BSR)

CBIM-BSR aimed to develop a first draft concept for a competence and information centre network in the Baltic Sea Region in order to support the sustainable economic growth and social development in the BSR. A pre-analysis on the involvement of North-West Russia (especially St. Petersburg) was integrated in this concept. The action supports the work of the Baltic Sea Labour Forum (BSLF) and its working group on mobility of labour. The BSLF is a flag ship project for the Baltic Sea Strategy of the European Union (EUSBSR).

Project partners:

Germany – Education and Training Service for Hamburg Businesses (BWH)

Germany – Kooperationsstelle Hamburg IFE GmbH

Russia – Confederation of Labour of Russia KTR

Finland – Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK)

Germany – Nordmetall Verband der Metall und Electroindustrie e.V.

School to work BSR flagship initiative

School to work was a EUSBSR Flagship Initiative to combat early school leavers and assist young people not in education, employment, or training (NEETs). The results will help diminish the rate of youth unemployment in the Baltic Sea region and contribute good practices that can be mainstreamed throughout the European Union. The project focused on both the preventive measures in school as well as intermediate and reactive measures

Project partners:

Sweden – Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR)

Germany – Ministry of Labour, Family, Social and Family Affairs Integration,

Poland – Wołominskie Starostwe Powiatowe

Sweden – Norden Association Föreningen Norden

Sweden – Swedish Board of Youth Affairs,

Sweden – Arbetsförmedlingen,

Sweden – Jämtlands Gymnasium,

Sweden – Region of Gotland

Sweden – Association of local authorities in Blekinge

Sweden – National agency for Education, Skolverket

Sweden – Association of the local authorities in Skåne

Sweden – Sörmland Regional Council,

Denmark – Local Govenement (KL),

Estonia – Foundation Innove

Estonia – Tartu Vocational Education,

Germany – Hanse-Parlament,

Germany – Lawaetz-Foundation,

Germany – GSM, Germany

Latvia – Latvian Association of the Local and Regional Governments

Lithuania – Siauliai Pedagogical Psychological service,

Lithuania – National Centre of Special Needs Education,

Lithuania – ESF, Lithuania,

Lithuania – Ausra School,

Poland – Stowarzyszenie Wspierania Inicjatyw,

Poland – Caritas Archidiecezji Gdańskiej,

Poland – Mazovia Region

Poland – Świętokrzyskie Biuro Rozwoju Regionalnego,

Poland – Młodzieżowy Ośrodek Socjoterapii, Ustka

Finland – Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture

FLOW Baltic flagship initiation project

The FLOW Baltic Flagship initiation project, aimed to establish FLOW Baltic as a Flagship Project under the EUSBSR Priority Area Agri. The Flagship project was proposed as an umbrella, in which the main project linked to other research and cooperation projects in the field. The umbrella project aimed to ensure coordinated communication of the activities and results of the clustered projects and support pan-Baltic cross-sector authority level dialogue on water quality and water flow management, field drainage, and agricultural productivity with connection to climate change adaptation and supporting innovations in bio-economy.

Project partners:

Sweden – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Finland – ProAgria Etelä-Suomi ry (ProAgria)

Lithuania – Lietuvos Žemės Ūkio Konsultavimo Tarnyba


Environmentally Smart Agriculture in the Baltic Sea Region

The project Environmentally Smart Agriculture in the Baltic Sea Regions aims to bring together actors from three levels – policy makers, entrepreneurs and research institutions, to tackle problems of environmentally smart agriculture in the Baltic Sea region and beyond.

The long-term aim is to increase resilience in Baltic Sea agriculture by increasing the yield per land unit to meet the present needs without exceeding current resource use or reducing resources needed for the future, achieve sustainable intensification via smart agricultural practices thus contributing to Europe 2020 Strategy. Resilience in environmentally smart agriculture provokes transformative changes in meeting the demands of food security, natural resource protection and development. It diminishes vulnerability and promotes adaptive capacity by timely action and through the application of best practices to reduce the risks the farmers face.

Project partners:

Estonia – Estonian University of Life

Russia – St Petersburg State Agrarian University

Russia – St. Petersburg State University of Economics

Sweden – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Poland – Warsaw University of Life Sciences

Small and medium-sized Baltic Sea ports development challenges

Small and medium-sized ports (SPM) compose a significant share of the Baltic Sea Region port network. They also handle remarkable amount of cargo and thus play a notable role in local and regional economies in the area (100 – 300 million tons annually depending on definition of SMP).

The aim of the project is survey the current development needs (in varying levels of detail) and general planning practises of SMPs in the CBSS countries. This is conducted by preliminary analysis (statistic, other sources) of SMPs in Baltic Sea Region which is followed by the interviews of selected, representative ports.

Project partners:

Finland – University of Turku

Sweden – Lulea University of Technology

Poland – Gdynia Maritime University

The project ‘At the Water’s Edge’ is a transnational and cross-generational communication project, which aims to foster exchange of memories from the Baltic Sea Region from the time when the sea was divided by the Iron Curtain. The idea of the physical sea as a connection but also a separation between different nations is at very centre of the project. While the political aspect of the sea as a border and the imagined Iron Curtain is viewed differently by the Eastern and Western Baltic Sea Region, for both sides, the sea is also seen as a place of summer vacations and a source of livelihood. By combining all the different layers of memory and connections, the project aims to strengthen the regional identity and the communication between the citizens of the Baltic Sea Region. The memories and different perspectives on the Cold War will be reflected through simultaneous exhibitions in all of the nine countries bordering the Baltic Sea.

Project Partners:

Estonia – Unitas Foundation

Denmark –  Koldkrigsmuseum Langelandsfort

Estonia – Okupatisioonide Muuseum

Finland –  Nordens Institut på Åland (Finland),

Germany – Schiffbau-und Schifffahrtsmuseum Rostock

Latvia – SERDE

Lithuania – A.Moncio namai-muziejus (Lithuania),

Poland –  Galeria Miejsce

Russia – The Kaliningrad State Art Gallery

Sweden –  Gotlands Konstmuseum

The project focuses on the challenges of policies fostering the labour force participation of older people in order to compensate for the social and economic consequences of demographic change within the Baltic Sea region. The policy dialogue and knowledge exchange established by the project aims to contribute to evidence-based decision-making and to support the development of sustainable policies for the region. Deliverables include the publication of a joint discussion paper with input from researchers and policy makers from the region; a dialogue event with stakeholders from research, policy and societal organisations to consolidate the findings of the discussion paper; and the publication of a policy brief, summarising the project result’s and recommendations for future policy interventions within the Baltic Sea Region. The results will be disseminated through the proven European-wide communication channels of Population Europe, the network of demographic research centres in Europe.

Project Partners:

Germany – Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e.V.

Poland – SGH Warsaw School of Economics

Sweden –  Lund University

Climate change is happening around us, in our immediate environment, cities and seas. Adapting to the climate change is imperative for resilient societies. The Paris climate agenda and Sustainable Development Goals call for global, national and local action.

Therefore, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), together with the Baltic Development Forum (BDF) and the Union of Baltic Cities (UBC), plans a capacity building programme, made up by a series of workshops to train decision makers and stakeholders in the Baltic Sea region in a set of risk management approaches for climate adaptation known as bottom-up methodologies.

While Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and other decisions are made at national levels, real decision making often takes place at the local level where issues of implementation are addressed. The purpose of the workshops is to provide a platform to discuss knowledge sharing and next steps for capacity building in bottom-up methodologies at a regional or municipality level. The workshops will be organised in three different locations around the Baltic Sea Region. The workshop programme will be adapted to the local context.

Project Partners:

Sweden – Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

Denmark – Baltic Development Forum (BDF)

Finland – Union of Baltic Cities (UBC) – Sustainable Cities Commission

The proposed project contributes to a sustainable development of a prosperous Baltic Sea region by developing a teaching and training course on sustainable urban stormwater management and related ecosystem services. The course will bring together students, decision makers, planners, and other professionals for a multi-actor, mutual learning programme, comprising on-site lectures, workshops, and online courses. The course will be embedded and disseminated through the “Baltic University Programme” to reach stakeholders from the entire Baltic Sea region.

The project will demonstrate the potential of sustainable stormwater management to respond to climate change-induced increasing risk of urban flooding, and for the improvement of urban ecosystems. It will demonstrate state-of-the art approaches and the innovation potential and capacities, related to sustainable stormwater management, existing in the Baltic Sea region.

Through its multi-actor approach and active knowledge and experience exchange across the Baltic Sea region, the project will foster macro-regional cooperation and developments.

Project Partners:

Finland – Turku University of Applied Sciences Ltd.

Germany – Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg

Lithuania – Kaunas University of Technology

The CBSS long term priorities have been reviewed in 2014. They explicitly support a sustainable tourism development by means of strengthened tourism cooperation in the BSR and joint tourism development. The Global Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in 2015. The CBSS have renewed their commitment to a more sustainable development of the BSR in 2016. What has happened since? How has tourism fared of a more sustainable development? The project “From the SDGs towards a Sustainable Tourism in the BSR” will track down the status quo of sustainable tourism in the BSR, identify best practices, trigger processes, gaps and differences in order to develop, provide and communicate solutions. The project is supposed to be only a first formal step towards a more systematic approach to promoting sustainability in the tourism sector: a flagship process in the frame of EUSBSR’s PA Tourism, which aims at really achieving impact.

Project Partners:

Germany – Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V.

Lithuania –  Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania

Estonia –  Estonian Rural Tourism Organisation (ERTO)

Germany – Ministry of Economics, Employment & Health Mechlenburg-Vorpommern

Finland –  City of Turku, Visit Turku

Belgium –  Executive Secretary Baltic Sea Commission

The ARS BALTICA Creative Dialogue (ABCD) intends to gather creative and cultural practitioners, provide space for discussion in an open environment and create synergies for and with the participating partners. The format wants to highlight cross sectorial links an allow policy-makers to follow the debates and share their perspectives on the impact of culture and cultural practice. The underlying understanding is that culture is an essential driver for sustainability.

The main ambition is to contribute actively to integrating the cultural landscape in the Baltic Sea Region by bringing innovative cultural players together and establish a forum for continuous exchange. This forum will allow to exchange good practices, ideas and new project developments. The core focus is to link existing initiatives, to reflect on initiatives, their success stories, developments and challenges with the respective tools of the ARS BALTICA focus areas Exchange, Expertise and Reach-Out. The travelling character of the ABCDs allows to communicate the issues and topics discussed in one country to be also put on the ABCD agenda in the next one in order to understand, whether there are recurring or contrasting themes and observations. The ABCD format allows to gain a specific understanding of the national cultural players and sectors, a necessary step in order to link them better on an international scale. Moreover, the ABCDs function as a tool to raise awareness about culture as a driver for sustainability and other key issues, that illustrate that culture and cultural practice are the horizontal binding force in our societies.

Project Partners:

Int – Nordkolleg Rendsburg GmbH – ARS BALTICA Secretariat

Finland – : Union of Baltic Cities – Cultural Cities Commission

Poland – Baltic Sea Cultural Centre

Denmark – Performing Arts Platform Aarhus

Estonia – VABALAVA Theatre

Latvia – RIXC / Center for New Media Culture

Russia –  Territorium Filmfestival

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