Baltic Leadership Programme on PFAS

Dear ERB Water Core Group Members, 

Please see the information we’ve received from the Swedish Institute. This year they are organizing another Baltic Leadership Programme (BLP) on Per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). They are very contaminated fluorochemicals, with a significant threat to the drinking water and water systems. Fire foams, all kind of sprays,  even takeaway boxes (e.g. pizza packages) or skivaxs often contain PFAS. Municipalities and regions have a tremendous responsibility in the direct implementation/usage of such substance. However, there is deficient awareness of that. I enclose the concept note of BLP on  PFAS. 

Conditions to apply and participate are similar to previous BLP programmes, only this time only specific target audience has been informed about the programme, including our Water Core Group.

SI BLP programmes enable the formation of expert-networks and provide great experts and knowledge. SI covers all costs of the modules, accommodation, food, etc.. However, SI expect that participants pay their travel to the physical modules.

For full module concept and programme please contact Magda from the IPS:

IMPORTANT: SI they expect all applications form no later than 15 August attached with a CV written in English and then the final participants will be chosen.

MOMENT kicks off!

Finally, the MOMENT project, Modern Water Management in the South Baltic Sea Area, has officially started! Here are some more practical issues and important dates.

The official kick off for the MOMENT project will be held in Gdansk, a preliminary date is set the 28th and 29th of October! The meeting will start and end with a shared lunch. During September I will send you more information and a program for the day with an agenda. If anybody has any ideas or suggestions on what should be in the program don’t hesitate to give me a call.

As soon as possible or latest in the beginning of October, the partnership agreements will be submitted by the Lead beneficiary to all partners for signature (one for each partner). This includes for example:
•    Rights and obligations of the partner and the Lead beneficiary, e.g. roles of the partner according to the application, reporting deadlines, etc  
•    The cost sharing agreement
•    The specific partner budget

To support the implementation of the project and to avoid any unnecessary misunderstandings a guideline will be written and hopefully handed over to all partners latest in the beginning of October.   

While awaiting for the partnership agreement and guideline, it is important to keep time records and that costs spent on the project are booked in an accurate way with a separate project account in the book keeping system.  

The first working group meeting will take place the 28th and 29th of September in Sweden. I will shortly send an invitation with an attached agenda. If you would like to have an additional meeting in connection with the kick off meeting in October please let me know.

Water Forum Action Plan 2008

The ERB Council at its meeting in Elblag 22 February 2008 approved the Action Plan 2008 for the Water Forum, which at the same meeting became a formal working group of ERB,. It means we can continue the work from being a reference network under the Seagull II project, finalised by the end of 2007.

Successful Water Seminar

Monday 13th August 2007 the Water Forum organised a Water Seminar in Halltorps Gästgiveri on the Swedish island Öland, with the participation of around 60 representatives from the 8 member regions of Euroregion Baltic (ERB). Mr Bernt Johnsson, ERB President, and Mayor Roger Kaliff from the City of Kalmar, opened the seminar.

The coordinator of Water Forum, Ms Carolina Gunnarsson from Kalmar Region, then introduced the Water Forum network, the objectives, main actors, the core croup and current projects under development: Modern Water Management, Environmental adopted Farming and a study of climate change and its correlation to water issues.

Mr Boris Chubarenko, Head of Laboratory for Coastal System Study in Kaliningrad Region, presented the current situation and ongoing activities in the Kaliningrad Region, as for river basin management, databases, public awareness and participation.

Mr Niklas Holmgren from the Swedish Water Authority of the South Baltic Water Drainage Basin, presented the current activities as regards the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) in Sweden.

Finally, Ms Anna Thore from the LEADER+ Local Action Group “Kustlandet” in the northern part of Kalmar Region presented their activities and practical work with the coastal waters, fighting problems relating to pollution, the outflow of nutrients, poisoning algaes etc.

Coming activities

Thursday 21 June 2007 from 11:00 CET: Core Group on-line meeting (Marratech system)

Friday 29 June 2007: Deadline for expression of interests to the first draft project distributed 7 June 2007

Monday 13 August 2007: Water Forum Core Group meeting and seminar in Kalmar Region, Sweden

Tuesday 14 August 2007: Project partner meeting in Kalmar Region, Sweden