Innovation and Education for Sustainable Development

From Moscow to Reykjavik – good ideas are there to be spread!


Become a leading region on education for sustainable development and eco-innovations. The Baltic Sea Region is home to a large number of highly educated people as well as excellent research institutions. Our Region is often considered as leading globally in the development and distribution of eco-innovations. But, we can become even better! Societies that base their policies on sustainability will have an advantage in tackling future economic, social and environmental challenges. That is why we want sustainable development to be a part of all levels of education. By intensifying the transfer of knowledge, from preschools to universities, we hope to take education for sustainable development to the next level — in the whole Baltic Sea Region.


  • Enhancing education for sustainable development by promoting transdisciplinarity and new teaching methods and develop new study material;
  • Facilitating knowledge transfer and supporting cooperation between educational institutions;
  • Spearheading initiatives for the uptake of eco-innovations in small and medium sized enterprises.







The project is led by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. EcoRegion is expected to run during 2009-2011. The objective is to contribute to develop the Baltic Sea region into the world’s first Eco-Region, where economic growth goes hand in hand with environmental integrity and social justice.  A number of selected model regions will implement selected sustainable development measures identified with the help of the cyclical sustainable development management scheme, which is still a new approach within Baltic 21. Baltic 21 sectoral networks will be strengthened and action programmes updated. The Baltic 21 sectors’ and regions’ experience, as well as the Eco Region concept, will be disseminated within and outside of the BSR – with particular emphasis on NW Russia. Work package 6 Policy Development is administered by the Baltic 21 Unit and the administration of the CBSS Secretariat. During the reporting period, EcoRegion partners held three project conferences. During these conferences regional partners attended training workshops on cyclical sustainability management. Sector partners discussed and developed a database of good practices on sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region. The database was launched in the early fall of 2010. Moreover, the EcoRegion project provided substantial input to the CBSS Sustainable Development Strategy in terms of organizing the Stakeholder event and funding the background papers except the one dealing with sustainable consumption and production, which was covered by the SPIN project.

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EHSA – Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Agriculture

The project is built upon the cooperation between two educational networks, the Baltic University Programme (Lead Partner) and Envirovet Baltic. Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Agriculture was started in 2005 and approved as a Baltic 21 Lighthouse Project in March 2007. It is funded by SIDA/Urban, SIDA Baltic Sea Unit, the Swedish Institute, and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. EHSA is developing a new educational package for higher education on sustainable agriculture, land use and rural development, and preservation of eco-system health. A long series of seminars and trainings have been held, including those especially designed for teachers. EHSA is producing three Master-level textbooks focusing on: 1. Rural development and land use, 2. Sustainable agriculture, 3. Ecology and animal health. EHSA has been successful in becoming a UN Partnership for Sustainable Development, which means that the project is invited to report on its activities regularly during the UN Commission for Sustainable Development meetings at a Partnership Fair.

Final outcome books

To learn more, you can now download the EHSA projects three final outcome books;

Book 1, Book 2 & Book 3

For additional information, please visit the project website.


Contact: Paula Lindroos

Director, BUP Secretariat, Uppsala University

Address: Villavägen 16, 752 36 Uppsala

 Phone: +46 18 471 1788; +46 18 471 6853

 Fax: +46 18 471 1789


 Related website: The Baltic University



MARLIN, Baltic Marine Litter 

The 2 years project involves four partners from four countries around the Central Baltic area. The project Lead Partner is the Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation.

The Baltic Marine Litter (MARLIN) project intends to contribute to the reduction of marine litter on the shores of the Central Baltic area. Planned activities include awareness raising actions on marine litter among policy makers, other relevant stakeholders, media and the broader public in this geographical area, and capacity building measures in local municipalities and NGOs to address the issue of marine litter in environmental management routines.

The project aspires to use the competence gathered in the network of the project partners to engage the stakeholders in the joint education and information campaign, as recommended by the HELCOM Baltic Seas Action Plan. The grass-root level campaign, e.g. with engagement of relevant NGOs, Eco-schools, managers of Blue flag beaches and marina Managers would be dedicated to engage the individual and communities in the project area in changing of littering behaviour in the area of project activities, and in the whole Central Baltic area at large, the latter through dissemination of good practice.

The development of the project would benefit the Baltic marine environment by reducing marine litter and thus achieving a cleaner seabed.



The results of project MARLIN shows that litter in the Baltic Sea mostly originates from visitors at the beaches or ends up at the beach from nearby cities. The amount of litter is higher at urban beaches with a lot of visitors (236,6 items per 100 m) than at rural beaches (75,5 items per 100 m). Cigarette butts are counted separately with an average amount of 301,9 cigarette butts per 100 m. The most common types of litter found was highly related to our take away-lifestyle; bottle caps, plastic bags, plastic food containers, wrappers and plastic cutlery. On rural beaches, more “industrial” litter such as plastic ropes and construction materials were found. The findings indicate that litter generated from sea-based sources such as shipping does not end up on shores of the Baltic Sea to the same extent as for example in the North East Atlantic Area. 56% of the litter is plastic. The most common litter item over all consists of small unidentified pieces of plastic and counts for 25,3% of all litter found.

As millions of tons of waste are dumped into the world’s oceans each year, project MARLIN can provide a good starting point for future national and regional strategies in the Baltic Sea such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and a HELCOM regional action plan that is supposed to be ready by 2015.

Please download a summary of the final report, or the full final report.



Mr Henrik Alsén

Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation

P.O. Box 4155


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