Past Projects

The CBSS Project Support Facility (PSF) was created at the 9th Baltic Sea States Summit in Stralsund, Germany, on 30 – 31 May 2012. During the first PSF period (2013-2015, with additional funding based on voluntary contributions of the CBSS Member States in 2016) 23 projects were funded.

In 2016, three projects received funding and in 2017, five projects within the scope of the CBSS long-term priority “Sustainable & Prosperous Region” have been funded by the PSF.

  • Here you can see the overview of the CBSS PSF 2017 funded projects.
  • Here you can see the overview of the  CBSS PSF 2013-2015 and 2016 funded projects.
  • Here you can see the PSF-manual for 2017-2019.
  • Here you can see the PSF-manual 2015.

Read more about previous projects below

Regional Identity Projects

2013 NGOs in the BSR

Survey on state support for NGOs in BSR

Sustainable financing is a key element in maintaining a strong civil society. However, the prerequisites for NGO state funding varies between countries in the Baltic Sea region. The Survey on state support for NGOs in BSR aimed to develop an overview of the different funding possibilities in each country in the region. The results were presented at the 4th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR held in Vilnius in November 2013.

Project partners:

Sweden – Norden Association in Sweden

Germany – Forschungsgruppe Nordeuropäische Politik e.V.

Finland – Suomi–Venäjä seura

2013 CBSS Youth Forum

CBSS Youth Forum 2013

The project supported green entrepreneurship and sustainable lifestyles awareness-raising among youth from across the BSR by facilitating the participation of an international youth delegation of 25 – 30 people. The project worked to strengthen the partnerships already established with the youth organizations and relevant networks in the BSR and foster informal learning, facilitate people-to-people contacts, intercultural dialogue and network-building among young people in the region, thus contributing to strengthening the Baltic Sea identity.

Project partners:

Germany – Landesjugendring Schleswig – Holstein

Sweden – Baltic University Programme, CSD Uppsala

Russia –  Immanuel Kant State University of Russia

Russia – Agency for Youth Affairs of the Government of the Kaliningrad Region

2013-2014 The Future of the EuroFaculty

The Future of the EuroFaculty 

The Future of the EuroFaculty project is based on the experiences of the three EuroFaculty projects and aimed to develop the concept of EuroFaculty in order to bring it up to date with the current needs of the Baltic Sea region in the field of university cooperation, such as by increasing the geographical scope of the concept.

Project partners:

Finland – University of Turku

Poland – University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

Russia – Saint Petersburg State University of Economics

Germany – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2013-2014 Vistynets (Vistytis) Lake/ Rominten Forest

Development of trans-border RUS-PL-LT natural area Vistynets (Vistytis) Lake/ Rominten (Krasnolesye) Forest through regional interdisciplinary partnership

The Vistynets project aimed to create a sustainable network of partners working in the trans-border natural area Vistynets (Vistytis) Lake/ Rominten (Krasnolesye) Forest, to overcome the fragmentation of identity and knowledge, and to shape the visibility of this area in the Baltic Sea region, Europe and North-West Russia. The aims were achieved through three expeditions of interdisciplinary character which include participants from all three sides as well as external experts. The expeditions present and explore the uniqueness and the potential of this area in the form of an open-source online database.

Project partners:

Russia – Information Office of the Nordic Council of Ministers in Kaliningrad

Poland – Romincka Forest Fund

Lithuania – Vistytis Regional Park Administration

Russia – Ecomuseum Vistynetsky

2013-2015 CBSS Summer University

CBSS Summer University “Governance and Administration of the Baltic Sea Region” 2014 & 2015

“An asset of the CBSS Summer University is undoubtedly making new friends, building networks and enjoying the spirit of Baltic Sea cooperation.”

During 2014 – 2015, the CBSS organised Summer Universities in collaboration with the Department of Northern European Studies, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany; and the Centre of Baltic and East European Studies at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden; co-funded by the CBSS PSF. The first CBSS Summer University programme “Governance and Administration of the Baltic Sea Region” was organised on 4 – 14 August 2014 in Sweden and the second time in Berlin on 17–28 August 2015.

The aim of the Summer University programme was to bring together students aiming to become future professionals of Baltic Sea Region cooperation or pursuing academic research on topics related to the region. They were invited to discuss, amongst others, multi-level governance concepts, public management and macro-regional strategies with lecturers coming from CBSS Member States and beyond. You can read more about the activities here [in German].

From 2016 on, the CBSS Summer Universities were organised at different universities throughout the region, however, without PSF funding but still with a strong partnership of the CBSS and Södertörn University in Sweden. Read more about past and upcoming Summer Universities here.

2014-2015 Pro BSR


The Pro BSR project streamlined and enhanced the integrated management and sustainable use of heritage assets in the Baltic Sea region. Activities were controlled by the Baltic Sea Monitoring Group on Heritage Cooperation. The Pro BSR aimed to streamline the Monitoring Group’s role and practices with a view of the current operative BSR environment, resulting in a Monitoring Group Strategy 2015-20. Furthermore, as the marine environment is a key sphere for regional collaboration, the project analysed ways of integrated approaches for the management of the BSR maritime heritage as a case study.

Project partners:

Germany – Archaeological State Office of Schleswig – Holstein

Finland – National Board of Antiquities,

Poland – The Polish Maritime Museum

2014-2015 Common Tourist Map

Pre-project to “The Common Map for Culture Tourism in Baltic Sea Region”, based on historical and cultural heritage of the region

It was the pre-project stage of the project “The Common Map for Culture Tourism in Baltic Sea Region”, based on the historical and cultural heritage of the region.  The main goal of the project was to foster development of the BSR, its economic growth and attractiveness by using culture heritage as source and culture tourism as an effective instrument.

Project partners:

Russia – Norden

Russia – Russian Union of Travel Industry, North-West Department; The Ministry for Tourism of Kaliningrad Region; The Department of Cultural and Tourism of Novgorod Region; The Department of Cultural of Pskov Region; NGO “Lake Peipsi Project, Pskov”

Sweden – Swedish Tourism Innovation Center AB

Denmark – Visit Denmark Association

Finland – The University of Eastern Finland; The Museum Centre of Turku

Estonia – Estonia Tourists Board

Latvia – Vidzeme Tourism Association

Poland – Warmińsko-Mazurska Regional Tourist Organization; Association ‘Polish Gothic Castles’

2014-2016 USHler

Evaluating the Universal Value of the Submerged Heritage of the Baltic Sea (USHer)

The main aim of the project evaluating the Universal Value of the Submerged Heritage of the Baltic Sea (USHer) is to strengthen cooperation when it comes to raising public awareness of the environment of the Baltic Sea, its unique underwater cultural heritage and good preservation conditions, as the submerged cultural heritage of the Baltic Sea is a potential candidate for the World Heritage List. All Baltic Sea countries are involved in the project through the Baltic Sea Region Working Group on Underwater Cultural Heritage which is initiated by the Baltic Sea Monitoring Group on Heritage Cooperation. The project’s activities are divided into three work packages with each project partner responsible for one package. The work packages consist of developing the value criteria; developing the activity plan; mapping activities; and preparing European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) flagship project.

Project partners:

Estonia – Estonian National Heritage Board

Poland – National Maritime Museum,

Sweden – Swedish National Maritime Museums

2015-2016 Culinary Routes


The aim of the project is to develop the Culinary Routes network in the Baltic Sea countries in order to strengthen identity and the feeling of belonging together as well as to preserve the vitality or rural regions. A rural culinary network will be established, meetings for the elaboration of common features of national cuisines of the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea and common criteria and promotion instruments will be organised. Common action on different events to promote the Baltic Sea Culinary Routes and its websites will be made.

Project partners:

Estonia – NGO Estonian Rural Tourism Estonia – Olustvere School of Rural Economics and Service Industry Studies,

Latvia – Latvian Rural Tourism Association “Lauku Celotajs”,

Lithuania – Lithuanian Countryside Tourism Association,

Poland – Polish Tourist Organisation,

Norway – HANEN,

Denmark – Sydvestjysk Udviklingsforum,

Sweden – SOSK (Culinary Heritage Europe),

Finland – Lahti University of Applied Sciences Ltd.

Russia – LLC “International Center of Wine and Gastronomy”

Latvia – Latvian Stafe Institute of Agrarian economics,

Germany – Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourist Board (not funded by PSF)

2015-2016 Local Research and Education Hubs

Local Research and Education Hubs – Key for Sustainability Education

The project has been developed on the conclusions and challenges defined in the first two phases of the phase of Baltic Sea Regional Network on Education for Sustainable Development and experience by the Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation.

The vision of the project is a society where people collaborate and network globally and regionally to address local sustainable development challenges and are able to find the most appropriate solutions for them.

The main aim of the project is to promote capacities of individuals in development by institutionalizing sustainable multi-stakeholder network by responding to changing development of local hubs and publication of the best practice.

Project partners:

Latvia – Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation

Latvia – Development Bulb,

Ukraine – Charity Information Center “Green Dossier”

Estonia – Statera NGO,

Sweden – SWEDESD, Campus Gotland, Uppsala University,

Finland – Centre for Lifelong Learning,

Latvia – UNESCO chair at Daugavpils University

2016 Bridge it!

‘Bridge It!’ is a regional active citizenship education programme aimed at the inclusion of youth from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, North-West Russia and South-East Finland. The project’s long-term aim is to enhance civil-society in the Baltic Sea Region through the means of communication across borders, building a sense of common regional identity and solutions to the region’s social problems. The project participants will acquire project management skills by taking part in seminars and by implementing social projects on a local and regional level e.g. projects addressing poverty, rehabilitation, violence, environment or youth unemployment. The cross-border project partnerships will be maintained through an alumni network throughout the region, which aims at fostering long-term regional cooperation.

On 30 November – 4 December 2016, the evaluation seminar – the final stage of the 5th year of the “Bridge It!” Programme – took place in Rīga, Latvia. Read more about it here.

Project Partners:

Latvia – Creative Union “Orbita”

Estonia – Foundation for Science and Liberal Arts “Domus Dorpatensis”

Russia –  Autonomous Non-profit Organisation for Social and Legal Services “Russian – German Office for Environmental Information”

Germany – Theodor Heuss Kolleg of the Robert Bosch Stiftung

Germany –  MitOst Association

More information can be found here.

2016-2018 At the Water's Edge

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 the 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 

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

2017-2019 ARS BALTICA Creative Dialogue (ABCD)

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 exchanging 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 communicating 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 gaining 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

2018-2019 NordicBaltic Festival Platform

Lead partner: Sweden (Sweden Festivals) in partnership with Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Poland

The NordicBaltic Festival Platform (NBFP) has been in development since 2011 and has gathered until now 11 partners from 9 different countries. The NBFP has the role of an incubator and network for arts & culture festivals in the region.

The project aims at engaging up to 500 festivals in its activities (dance, theatre, puppetry, film, etc), enhancing their audience, connections and visibility. The platform allows the various festivals and respective organisers to share experience on working in the region and business strategies in order to maximise efficiency (e.g. save time, money) when tackling common challenges in the field (e.g. audience development and increasing employment/revenue streams, etc.).

Project Partners: 

Denmark – Helsingør Teater

Estonia – PLMF Arts Management Ltd

Faroe Islands, Denmark – The Nordic House

Finland – Finland Festivals

Greenland, Denmark – The Nordic Institute in Greenland

Iceland – Reykjavik Arts Festival

Latvia – Latvian Concerts

Lithuania – Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society

Norway – Norway Festivals

Poland – The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre

2018-2019 Nordic authors crossing borders in the Baltic States

Lead Partner: Denmark (The Confederation of Nordic Associations/FNF) in partnership with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

The project aims at strengthening the cultural identity and branding between the Nordic and Baltic countries through visits to schools, high schools, universities, libraries and other cultural institutions across the Baltic Sea region focusing on children, young people and adults in both urban and rural areas. The awarded funding will enable the Confederation of Nordic Associations to further develop this concept. The visits help to create social cohesion thanks to the promotion of common values such as democracy, artistic freedom and equality.

Project Partners: 

Estonia – The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Estonia

Latvia – The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia

Lithuania – The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania

2018-2019 Digital approaches in cultural heritages towards a pan-Baltic cooperation network

Lead partner: Latvia (National Library of Latvia) in partnership with Estonia, Germany, Lithuania and Sweden

The project highlights the growing demand for access to cultural heritage and, therefore, the need to digitalize our common heritage. It seeks to establish a sustainable framework for pan-Baltic cooperation in using digital approaches. The network will interlink institutions, experts and young professionals working in these fields.

The project supports the vision of the Baltic 2030 Action Plan which aims to improve access to excellent educational opportunities and a high quality of life for people of every age and background.

Project Partners: 

Estonia – National Library of Estonia

Germany – Rostock University Library

Lithuania – Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania

Sweden – National Library of Sweden

2018-2019 The Baltic Sea Region Youth Camp 2019 - an initiative for increasing youth participation

Lead Partner: Norway (Eastern Norway County Network as Chairman of the Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation (BSSSC)) in partnership with Denmark (UBC) and Poland (ERB)

How can policymakers better integrate young people in the decision-making process in the Baltic Sea Region? About 100 young people from all countries across the Baltic Sea region would take part in a three-day camp in Gdansk, June 2019 leading up to the Annual Forum of the EUSBSR in 2019. The Baltic Sea Region Youth Camp 2019 (BSRYC 2019) will focus on topics like sustainable development and the European Year of Cultural Heritage by organising cultural workshops, panel discussions as well as offer the chance to meet politicians and experts.  The BSRYC 2019 will also allow the participants to strengthen and formulate an idea of Baltic identity through an interactive cultural programme.

The outcome of the camp will be used for the continued effort to strengthen the voice of youth and actually involve them.

Project Partners:

Denmark – Ungdomsskolen Kolding, Kolding Kommune as Chairman of Union of Baltic Cities (UBC)

Poland – Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic (ERB)

Poland – The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre (BSCC)

2018-2019 Integrating Belarusian Business Studies in the Baltic Sea Region Higher Education

Lead partner:  Finland (University of Turku) in partnership with Belarus, Germany, Latvia, and Russia

The overall aim of the project is to expand teacher and researcher resources in order to shape an international network focusing on Master Level executive education with a specific perspective on international business and entrepreneurship. The resources would take new digital technology into consideration.

The project will provide a way to integrate Belarussian Higher Education more closely into a Baltic Sea Region Higher Education context, building on the experiences from the CBSS Eurofaculty concept and current teaching and learning methods.

Project Partners:

Belarus – Belarusian State University

Germany – Berlin School of Economics and Law

Latvia – University of Latvia

Russia – Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON)

2018-2019 Baltic Sea Festival Advisory Board

Lead partner: Sweden (Swedish Radio Berwaldhallen) in partnership with Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia

The Baltic Sea Festival has been running since 2003, offering both a cultural programme (focusing on music) and a seminar programme concentrating on leadership and sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region. Through music and discussions, the festival hopes to create a platform for democratic dialogue focusing on regional issues.

The vision for the Baltic Sea Festival is to further develop the platform into a yearly meeting point where people with an engagement in the Baltic region can meet, discuss and exchange initiatives and ideas for the future. Environment, leadership and the younger generation’s possibilities for education and work being potential themes.

This funding will help establish an Advisory Board, comprised of key decision makers and lobbyists from the region, that can help pinpoint a new aim for the festival, making the event more relevant and significant through the development of the programme as well as engaging new partners and audiences.

More information about the Baltic Sea Festival 2018 can be found here.

Project partners:

Finland – Hanaholmen

Latvia – Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia

Lithuania – Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania

Russia – Swedish Consulate-General, St Petersburg, Russia

2018-2020 Well-being residency network

Lead Partner: Latvia (Association Sansusī) in partnership with Finland, Russia and Sweden

The Well-being Residency is an evolving concept which merges arts residencies and socially engaged art. The project wants to create an artist-in-residence program where culture is used as a tool for recovery, ameliorating social inclusion and well-being. The project will qualify and document the interaction between artists and the target group, in a situation of recovery (care homes, hospitals, prisons or reception centres). The project operates in rural and remote areas and is organized in collaboration with local communities; social and healthcare institutions.

Project Partners: 

Finland – Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Regional office of Lapland

Finland – Cross-Cultural Organisation Piste ry

Latvia – VSIA Rigas cirks

Russia – Social and Cultural Youth Centre

Sweden – Norrbotten County Council

Sustainable & Prosperous Region Projects

2013-2014 CBIM-BSR

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 into 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 flagship 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 Elektroindustrie e.V.

2014-2016 School to work

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; Swedish Board of Youth Affairs; Arbetsförmedlingen; Jämtlands Gymnasium; Region of Gotland;  Association of local authorities in Blekinge; National Agency for Education, Skolverket; Association of the local authorities in Skåne; Sörmland Regional Council,

Denmark – Local Government (KL),

Estonia – Foundation Innove; Tartu Vocational Education,

Germany – Hanse-Parlament; Lawaetz-Foundation; GSM, Germany

Latvia – Latvian Association of the Local and Regional Governments

Lithuania – Siauliai Pedagogical Psychological service; National Centre of Special Needs Education; ESF, Lithuania; Ausra School,

Poland – Stowarzyszenie Wspierania Inicjatyw; Caritas Archidiecezji Gdańskiej; Mazovia Region; Świętokrzyskie Biuro Rozwoju Regionalnego; Młodzieżowy Ośrodek Socjoterapii, Ustka

Finland – Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture

2014-2015 FLOW

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


2015-2016 Baltic Sea Ports

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 a 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 surveying the current development needs (in varying levels of detail) and general planning practices 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

2015-2017 Smart Agriculture

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

2017-2018 Reclaiming Stormwater Ecosystem Services

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

2017-2018 Urban Climate Change Adaptations

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 of 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.

Find more information here.

Project Partners:

Sweden – Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

Denmark – Baltic Development Forum (BDF)

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

2017-2018 From SDGs towards Sustainable Tourism

The CBSS long-term priorities had 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” tracked down the status quo of sustainable tourism in the BSR, identified best practices, trigger processes, gaps and differences in order to develop, provide and communicate solutions. The project was 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 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Finland –  City of Turku, Visit Turku

Belgium –  Executive Secretary Baltic Sea Commission

2018 Ageing Workforce, Social Cohesion and Sustainable Development

The project focuses on the challenges of policies fostering the labour force participation of elderly 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 policymakers 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 results 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.

Find the Discussion Paper and the Policy Brief here.

Project Partners:

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

Poland – SGH Warsaw School of Economics

Sweden –  Lund University

Safe & Secure Region Projects

2014-2015 BALANCE

Baltic Law Enforcement Analysis Cooperation

The development of cooperation between Baltic Sea Task Force on Organised Crime (BSTF OPC) and Baltic Sea Region Border Control Cooperation (BSRBCC) is one of the targets listed under the Action Plan of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). A potential flagship project is included in the Action Plan to meet the target. The idea of the Baltic Law Enforcement Analysis Cooperation (BALANCE) was to define the needs for cooperation and create a basis for a future joint cooperative structure for law enforcement authorities operating in the Baltic Sea Region.

BALANCE’s main aim was to enhance information flows between law enforcement authorities operating in the Baltic Sea Region.

Project partners:

Finland – The Finnish Border Guard

Estonia – Estonian Police and Border Guard Board

Denmark – Danish National Police, National Centre of Investigation NCI,

Germany – Federal Police Directorate Bad

Iceland – Icelandic Coast Guard,

Latvia – Latvian State Border Guard,

Lithuania – State Border Guard Service HQ,

Norway – National Criminal Investigation Service (KRIPOS),

Poland – HQ of the Border Guard,

Russia – BG Directorate FSB Russia on St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region,

Sweden – Swedish Coast Guard, Kustbevakningen Regionledning NordOst,

Norway – Baltic Sea Task Force Organised Crime (BSTF OPC)

2014-2015 Turnstone+


Turnstone+ was a project between the Border Guards, Border Police and Police organisations in Gdansk, Klaipeda and Stockholm. The project aimed to fight serious cross-border crime in the Baltic Sea Region, especially in terms of human trafficking and illegal migration. It combined intelligence information activities, as well as operative actions, in order to create comprehensive measures to reduce criminality. Activities were implemented together with law enforcement agencies in Helsinki, Tallinn, and Riga. The project focused on the exchange of information concerning criminals travelling by air and ferry and was designed to facilitate the exchange of information during the need for immediate action. Turnstone + is a development of project Turnstone which was funded by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme (ISEC).

Project partners:

Sweden – Border Police Division of Stockholm County Police

Poland – Maritime Regional Unit of the Border Guard

Poland – Regional Police Headquarters in Gdansk

Lithuania – State Border Guard Service at the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania

2015-2016 Anti-Trafficking Efforts

Improved Anti-Trafficking Efforts: Baltic – Russian Cooperation Network

The project “Improved Anti-Trafficking Efforts: Baltic – Russian Cooperation Network” is a new initiative by leading anti-trafficking NGOs from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and the Red Cross branch operating in the St. Petersburg area. The initiative aims to strengthen the expertise of anti-trafficking professionals, improve information sharing, and extend trafficking prevention efforts. The trust helpline services that will be achieved through this project will help experts from the involved states to identify new groups-at-risk subjected to trafficking threats, and new forms of trafficking. By drawing on best practices from past projects, the action will allow identification of more trafficking cases, both domestic and international, that will be referred to law enforcement. The project will require public-private partnership, and will help the involved CBSS members states to implement both CBSS priorities as well as address the recommendations by U.S State Department`s 2013 Trafficking in Person Report.

Project partners:

Latvia – Association Shelter Safe House

Estonia – NGO “Living for Tomorrow”

Lithuania – NGO “Caritas Lithuania”

Russia – NGO “St. Petersburg International Cooperation Centre of the Red Cross”

2016 Municipalities against Trafficking

Strengthening the Role of Municipalities in the Work against Trafficking in Human Beings in the Baltic Sea Region

This project was a follow-up to the projects ADSTRINGO, DEFLECT, “Development of the model MoU”, and “Fostering NGO-Law Enforcement Cooperation in Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking in, from and to the Baltic Sea Region” successfully implemented by the CBSS Task Force Against Trafficking in Human Beings (TF-THB). The project ensured the sustainability of the achievements already made by supporting activities at the national level in ten CBSS Member States: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, and Sweden. The project partners were ministries and other state institutions and non-governmental organisations responsible for the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts. The main aim of the project was to strengthen capacity and role of the municipalities to work against trafficking in human beings in the respective countries.

The project’s activities included a baseline assessment of the role of municipalities in the chain of assistance to victims of trafficking in human beings; a regional expert group meeting; the development of specific guidelines for municipalities on how to successfully deal with cases of trafficking in human beings, and how to develop local referral mechanisms; translation and dissemination of the guidelines.

Project partners:

Latvia – The Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Latvia

Lithuania – The Association of Local Authorities

Sweden – County Administrative Board of Stockholm,

Norway – Ministry of Justice and Public Security,

Poland – Ministry of Interior,

Estonia – NGO Living for Tomorrow


2016 Against exploitation of children

Strengthening cooperation in the fields of prevention of commercial sexual exploitation of children in the BSR

The project is aimed at further strengthen prevention of all forms of commercial sexual exploitation of children by means of increased cooperation between stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region. Within the project authorities and organizations working or interested in the development of work in the field of prevention of children and young people involvement into commercial sexual exploitation as well as best practices in this field will be identified in the Baltic Sea States.

Project partners:

Russia – Regional NGO Stellit

Poland – Fundacja Dzieci Niczyje (Nobody’s Children Foundation)

Lithuania – Caritas Lithuania

Norway – ECPAT Norge (ECPAT Norway)

2016-2017 JATOC

The project Joint Approach to Tackle Organised Cross-border Crime in the Baltic Sea Region (JATOC) aims to implement the project recommendation of the concluded Baltic Law Enforcement Analysis Cooperation (BALANCE) project led by the Finnish Border Guard and partners from Baltic Sea Region Member States from April 2014 to December 2015. The project will set up a conceptual model for the joint regional analysis and encourage best practices of national Criminal Intelligence Systems between the participating member states law enforcement agencies to define common guidelines for further cooperation to tackle organised crime in the Baltic Sea Region. The long-term aim of the project is to increase the relevance of the CBSS in the Baltic Sea Region in tackling organised crime and criminal entities.

The project hopes to create more synergy between the Baltic Sea Region Border Control Cooperation and the Baltic Sea Task Force on Organised Crime as well as with the EU Policy Cycle on shared activities and actions relating to cross-border crime, and has set out to identify possible funding sources for future projects and actions to counter cross-border crime in the region. The project has been identified to be of relevance to all of the Baltic Sea Region States, as well as to Europol and Frontex.

Project Partners:

Latvia – State Police of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Latvia, Central Criminal Police Department

Estonia –  Police and Border Guard Board

Finland – National Police Board

Finland – Finnish Border Guard

Latvia –  State Border Guard of the Ministry of the Interior

Latvia – Ministry of the Interior

Latvia – Customs Police Department of the State Revenue Service

Lithuania – State Border Guard Service at the Ministry of the Interior

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