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Euroregion Baltic Water Core Group

About the ERB Water Core Group

WCG Work Plan 2020-2022

List of ERB WCG members: http://www.eurobalt.org/category/water-core-group-board/

We invite you to join us on June 15th for an Umbrella 2.0 webinar on the EU Green Deal in relation to the Baltic Sea Cooperation.

It is dedicated to the so-called ‘newcomers’ –> small and local organisations willing to engage and increase knowledge on

  • ​EU Agenda,
  • Organisations active in the Baltic Sea Region
  • Projects and their impact in ‘greening’ the BSR
  • And much more!
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REGISTER & take part in this webinar. Be active in discussions with experts and Q&A session!

LINK: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CUHZ0W3CTJuDK_dIwqD9Zg 

PROGRAMME

10.00: Intro & Welcome 10.05 – 10.20: Setting the scene

• Baltic Sea States Sub-regional Cooperation (BSSSC) by Marta Czarnecka-Gallas, BSSSC Secretary-General
• Umbrella 2.0 by Magda Leszczyna-Rzucidło, Project Coordinator, Umbrella 2.0

10.20 – 11.45: Green Deal- the Strategy that is changing the European Union
Katarzyna Bałucka-Dębska, EU Commission
Valdur Lahtvee, Council of Baltic Sea States
• Discussion with experts and Q&A session

11.45- 12.00: Coffe break

12.00 – 13.20: Active for Green Baltic Sea Region
Miikka Toivonen, CASCADE, Southwest Finland Emergency Services
Nico Stelljes, INNOVA, Ecologic, Germany
Maria Micha, Diet for Green Planet, Sweden
• Discussion with experts and Q&A session 13.20 – 13.30: Round-up and Conclusions by Marta Czarnecka-Gallas, BSSSC Secretary-General

Our Euroregion Baltic Youth Board and all Baltic Sea Youth Platform members are invited to join 1h fun class on “Fauna and flora of the #BalticSea” organised by us together with Gdynia Aquarium Akwarium Gdyńskie. Discover with us cool and funny facts about our sea!

Sign up, as we have limited no. of seats in our online class:

https://forms.gle/LeyacKTkCqSsPzhT8

During the presentation, students learn about the characteristics of the Baltic Sea, physical and chemical conditions as well as fauna and flora. During the presentation, basic ecological concepts are introduced. 

The Gdynia Aquarium is part of the National Marine Fisheries Research Institute. Our mission is to present aquatic species from around the world, as well as to transfer knowledge about the aquatic environment. The Gdynia Aquarium is a rather unusual zoological garden, in which all animals are bound to the aquatic environment, and in which the entire surface is enclosed in one building. However, despite this uniqueness, the Aquarium fulfils all the functions of a modern zoological garden, undertaking actions for the animals’ protection, propagating the ideas of environmental protection, conducting broadly understood ecological education and scientific research.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), one of the most important factors responsible for the loss of biodiversity on Earth is the excessive exploitation of species by humans. In the early 1970s, a special international agreement was established, called the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, i.e. from the English “Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora” – CITES. The aquarium is a shelter for animals from the CITES list. 

We invite you to join us on 15th June for another Umbrella 2.0 webinar – this time on EU Green Deal and its relation to the Baltic Sea Cooperation. If you represent small and local organisation from the baltic Sea Region this event is dedicated to you. We plan to bring closer the EU Agenda that is referring so much to sustainability, green planet goals and efficient use of resources.

Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CUHZ0W3CTJuDK_dIwqD9Zg

European Green Deal

https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

Climate change and serious environmental degradation are a fact. They are severe threats to our planet and all the living creatures, including us –  humans. We have extensively used finite resources like water, gas, oil,  rare metals, etc. As the result of overconsumption and overproduction, we have been producing too much, often very harmful, waste which has ended in our oceans and landfills. And most of it does not degrade. The air in many parts of the earth is polluted and harmful to our health and wellbeing. We have been destroying nature and biodiversity by cutting trees, using farmland extensively, overregulating rivers and using too much concrete. As a result, we experience extreme weather phenomena such as torrential rains, floods, high temperatures, hurricanes or draughts, and we face severe water shortages. The modern production of food is also harmful to nature  – it produces too much CO2 and causes nitrate leakage, degrades vast areas of soil and results in excessive water and energy use. Specialists throughout the planet and people living close to nature have been warning us for quite some time but only now we have realised how bad the situation is and that immediate actions are needed throughout the Globe.

As a response to the situation, the European Union has decided to adopt a new growth strategy which guarantees that:

  • There are no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050;
  • Economic growth and human wellbeing is not at the price of extensive resource use;
  • The planned transformation will bring positive changes to all the people and areas covered.

The new strategic document, adopted in December 2019, is called the European Green Deal. It is accompanied by an Action Plan which shows how to:

  • Boost the efficient use of resources by moving to a clean, circular economy, and
  • Restore biodiversity and cut pollution.

The goals are very ambitious and require changes and transformations in all sectors and the involvement of all of us – from decision-makers through research, business and agriculture sectors to consumers. Therefore a set of strategic documents and regulations have been introduced, and new ones are planned. Some of the key ones have been:

  • European Green Deal Investment Plan – looking into the financial resources;
  • Just Transition Mechanism –  to provide support for the areas which will be most seriously affected to support the necessary economic and social transformation;
  • European Climate Law;
  • Circular Economy Action Plan – to encourage us to use resources more efficiently and responsibly;
  • Farm to fork strategy – to make food production and consumption more healthy to us and the planet;
  • EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 – to protect our planet natural resources;
  •  New European Bauhaus – an environmental, economic and cultural project to make our living areas environment–friendly, aesthetic and inclusive for all.

All those policies and plans introduced at the EU level are in an obvious way necessary for the Baltic Sea Region. Current EUSBSR AP, with the support of EU and other available funds, takes them into account and responds to them. All the individual, national and international activities – no matter how small – need to add to the shared success. So it is time for all self-governments, business of all kind, educational and cultural institutions, and civil society to join forces across borders to stop the damage and reverse the negative changes. Being involved in international projects helps us understand the processes, learn from experience and change the world around us for the better.

According to the EUSBSR website – https://balticsea-region-strategy.eu/, the 12th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR will be held on 27 September – 1 October 2021 by Lithuania. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Forum will be fully virtual.

The Forum is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Kaunas City Municipality, Klaipėda City Municipality and our Umbrella 2.0 partner – Union of the Baltic Cities.

Annual Forum 2021 fosters green transition through synergies

The topic of the Annual Forum 2021 is GREEN RECOVERY. The event aims at fostering green transition in the Baltic Sea Region through a close partnership and more active involvement of the stakeholders, in particular youth and local communities.

The guiding principle of the Annual Forum 2021 is SYNERGIES. In the context of recent challenges (the COVID-19 pandemic, green and digital transitions), it is worthwhile to combine forces to achieve more: enabling SYNERGIES between national and regional levels; different policy areas; Macroregional strategies; and different stakeholders.

Keywords of the event: revitalise, recover, recharge

The motto of the Annual Forum 2021 is REVITALISE. RECOVER. RECHARGE. The health crisis has had a huge impact not only on health systems but also on economies, social systems, education and our way of life. While still trying to prevent the spread of new variants of the virus and accelerate the vaccination, it is already possible to draw some lessons, cooperation and common action being among the most significant ones. Therefore, the Annual Forum 2021 aims at revitalizing more active involvement of the political level in the implementation of the EUSBSR; making the Strategy contribute to the post-pandemic recovery of the Baltic Sea Region and recharging for the green and digital transition.

We very much look forward to cooperating with all the stakeholders and wider society and hope you will join us for the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2021.

You can now read the reports from all 4 thematic workshops that we organised on 27th April, during the Umbrella 2.0 Awareness Raising Event.

Workshop 1 – Circular Economy

Workshop 2 – Culture and Tourism

Workshop 3 – Education

Workshop 4 – Biodiversity and water

We also have recorded the Questions and answers question for you, so if you are curious to know more about the Baltic Sea Cooperation related to EUSBSR, SDGs and EU Green Deal, do not miss it.

Our experts will answer the following questions:

Is the EUSBSR action plan updated from time to time? How often? And how does the negotiation work? Can local actors contribute to it? How?

Our expert: Anders Bergström, EUSBSR Policy Area Education Coordinator

Who’s in charge of monitoring the SDGs achievements in each country of the Baltic Sea States?

Our expert: Olga Zuin, Programme Coordinator of the CBSS Baltic 2030 Unit

How do you think the situation in the tourism sector will change after Covid in the Baltic Sea Region, e.g. how the pandemic affected the way of travelling if there will be any incentives to prefer “green transports.

Our expert: Andrea Krabbe, EUSBSR Policy Area Tourism Coordinator

How to find partners for cooperation activities/ international projects?

Our expert: Magda Leszczyna-Rzucidło, Umbrella 2.0 Project Leader, Euroregion Baltic

How the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region relates to the EU Green Deal?

Our expert: Marta Czarnecka-Gallas, Umbrella 2.0 Project Partner, BSSSC

What are the funding possibilities available at the moment for the Baltic Sea stakeholders when starting international cooperation?

Our expert: Marko Paunovic, Umbrella 2.0 Project Partner, UBC

Over 125 participants joined us on Tuesday, 27th April to learn more about the cooperation possibilities in the Baltic Sea Region! More than 90 participants stayed also for the thematic workshops part and enjoyed the discussion with the experts from all BSR countries. On behalf of Umbrella 2.0 Partnership: Euroregion Baltic, Union of the Baltic Cities and Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation, together with Swedish Institute, which is funding our initiative, we would like to thank everyone for your presence, comments and great inputs!

Our event started with a presentation on the Umbrella 2.0 project given by Magda Leszczyna-Rzucidło – Project Coordinator and Head of the International Permanent Secretariat at Euroregion Baltic, which you can also see here:

https://www.canva.com/design/DAEcwzv5E1Q/d2mDERyV_Wq-t9rlFSZRig/view?utm_content=DAEcwzv5E1Q&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=sharebutton

This part was followed by the presentation of 3 project partners, their organisations and the possibilities they offer to the Baltic Sea region smaller actors and institutions eager to start transnational cooperation.

Euroregion Baltic was presented by Johanna Rönn from Blekinge Region, Sweden, currently holding the Presidency at Euroregion Baltic. You can view it here: https://www.canva.com/design/DAEctCGgkm0/J_60g-kRYne_5xnvBW18Iw/view?utm_content=DAEctCGgkm0&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=sharebutton 

Union of the Baltic Cities was presented by Marko Paunovic, Brussels Antenna of UBC

and Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation was presented by Marta Czarnecka Gallas, BSSSC Secretary-General

_BSSSC – Who we are, what we do_ 2021_04

Finally, Gabor Schneider presented the Swedish Institute offers for the Baltic Sea Region actors, coming from all over the Baltic Sea, but also available to participants from Russia and Ukraine.

The second hour of the webinar part was dedicated to knowledge sharing – Olga Zuin, Programme Coordinator of the CBSS Baltic 2030 Unit presented her great input on Sustainable Development Goals and their implementation measures in the Baltic Sea Region. She mentioned two important reports prepared by the CBSS:

  1. Baltic 2030 Bumps on the Road- How the Baltic Sea States are performing on the SDG’s https://cbss.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Baltic-2030_Bumps-on-the-Road_FINAL.pdf
  2. A handbook Localising sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the Baltic Sea Region, based on the outcomes of the Baltic 2030 Capacity building programme – Localising SDGs 2020 https://cbss.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/CBSS_SDGs_ENG_4ONLINE.pdf 

Please find Olga’s presentation here: Zuin_CBSS_270421

Finally, Sebastian Magier from Vestanda AB, Umbrella 2.0 Expert presented the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region “entry points’ for small and local actors based on 14 interviews with EUSBSR Policy Area Coordinators. The full report will be provided in May and available to all Baltic Sea actors.

Read the full presentation here: Umbrella 2.0_EUSBSR PAC Interviews Presentation

The whole webinar part of the Umbrella 2.0 Awareness Raising Event was recorded and is available online here:

After the break, the event continued with the Q&A Session, where experts related to BSR cooperation answered the questions we’ve received from our participant before the event. Q&A session was related to the Baltic Sea Cooperation related to EUSBSR, SDGs and EU Green Deal.

Questions that were taken live: COMING SOON!

  1. Is the EUSBSR action plan updated from time to time? How often? And how does the negotiation work? Can local actors contribute to it? How?

Our expert: Anders Bergström, EUSBSR Policy Area Education Coordinator

2. Who’s in charge of monitoring the SDGs achievements in each country of the Baltic Sea States?

Our expert: Olga Zuin, Programme Coordinator of the CBSS Baltic 2030 Unit

3. How do you think the situation in the tourism sector will change after Covid in the Baltic Sea Region, e.g. how the pandemic affected the way of travelling? Will there be any incentives to prefer “green transports?

Our expert: Andrea Krabbe, EUSBSR Policy Area Tourism Coordinator

4. How to find partners for cooperation activities/ international projects?

Our expert: Magda Leszczyna-Rzucidło, Umbrella 2.0 Project Leader, Euroregion Baltic

5. How the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region relates to the EU Green Deal?

Our expert: Marta Czarnecka-Gallas, Umbrella 2.0 Project Partner, BSSSC

6. What are the funding possibilities available at the moment for the Baltic Sea stakeholders when starting international cooperation?

Our expert: Marko Paunovic, Umbrella 2.0 Project Partner, UBC

Video from this session is available here:

https://vimeo.com/543171428

Finally, we have 4 thematic workshops with great presentations by experts on:

Dear ERB Youth Board members and youngsters from all ERB regions. Please find below the latest Baltic Sea Youth Platform Newsletter.

It contains the registration links to all our events.

Click here to see it:


Please share the information within your networks.
If you did not receive the newsletter, or there are people in your networks who would also like to be updated on our events, please subscribe here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Aline Mayr, our BSYP Coordinator at CBSS: Aline Mayr aline.mayr@cbss.org 

The newsletter has invitations to meetings like CBSS Ministerial 2021: Youth Edition, Baltic Sea Parliamentary Youth Forum 2021  and many more!

CBSS Ministerial 2021: Youth Edition

This year’s CBSS Annual meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Baltic Sea Region countries under the Lithuanian Presidency will feature a series of events giving a platform for young people to have their say.

If you’re 16-30 years old, sign up to have your say on the future of the Baltic Sea Region in a youth declaration that will be presented to the Ministers, ask all your burning questions in a Q&A session with the Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis and learn about what we do at the CBSS to include young people in decision-making and what you can do.

MORE INFO & REGISTER

The main aim of the UMBRELLA 2.0 event on 27.04 is to inspire and raise awareness on the importance of cross-border and transnational cooperation for all local actors – including the smaller ones and those who never took part in any international collaboration before.

We have invited experts coming from: Council of the Baltic Sea States, EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, Euroregion Baltic, Union of the Baltic Cities, Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation, local NGOs and municipalities from different Baltic Sea countries to ask them for their best practices, advice and inspiration.

We will have experts answering your questions LIVE during the event.

Send your questions to us now, and we will ask the most suitable expert to answer them.

Type your question here: https://forms.gle/WukYrjhBUWevmNUVA

If you missed our last week’s seminar #ERB South Baltic Agenda” related to Euroregion Baltic Agenda 2030 document and Interreg South Baltic Programme, you can now watch the video from the debate. Click here:

Among the speakers:

Magdalena Bednarczyk-Sokół, Deputy Director of the Territorial Cooperation Department, Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy, Interreg South Baltic Programme Managing Authority, Poland

Johan Sandberg, President of Euroregion Baltic, Blekinge Region, Sweden

Dominika Butkiewicz, Head of the Joint Secretariat Interreg SBP, Poland

Johan Lundbäck, Interreg South Baltic Programme Contact Point Region Kalmar, Sweden

Tobias Facchini, Water Core Group Leader, Kalmar Region, Sweden

Mattias Andersson, Mobility Core Group Leader, Blekinge Region, Sweden

Johanna Wyckman, ERB Youth Board Chairwoman

Presentations from the experts are also available:

See you soon during the next ERB Agenda seminars!

On 27th April Umbrella 2.0 project will organise an Awareness Raising Event for all Baltic Sea stakeholders interested in current “hot” topics for transnational cooperation. As one of the speakers, we invited Hans von Essen, Senior Advisor from BERAS International Foundation from Sweden, who will introduce their project “Diet for a Green Planet” to our participants ( https://stensund.se/utbildningar/diet-for-a-green-planet/ ) . If you wish to join our event click here: http://www.eurobalt.org/agenda-for-the-umbrella-2-0-awareness-raising-event/

Become a change leader for sustainable food! 

Join our on-line course Diet for a green planet – Managing transformation in the local food system.

  • 15 ECTS part-time, online course in English​
  • Starts 20 May 2021 – 6 May 2022 ​
  • In cooperation with BERAS International, and hosted by Novia University of Applied Sciences 
  • Understanding Sustainability in the Food System – from Global Vision to Local Reality. (May until September 2021)​ 
  • Interventions to support Healthy and Sustainable Food and to minimize Waste (September until December 2021)​ 
  • Project Development – Managing Transformation in the Local Food System. ​(January until April 2022)

Registration is now open!

The course registration is now open. Register here to ensure a place in the course. The course can accept a maximum of 50 students, on a first come first-served basis. The minimum required number of students is 20. If you run into problems with the registration or have questions about how to register please contact Anita Kronqvist (anita.kronqvist@novia.fi)

Who should attend?

The course is planned so that persons who hold a job or are otherwise occupied on a daily basis can attend. Each week equals a working load of 10-12 hours for the students and the course runs for a year.

Are you working in the food system or are you interested in sustainability issues or transformative leadership? This is a course for you! You might be active in some of the following sectors;

  • Professionals working in the food system – from farm to fork​
  • Primary producers​
  • Sustainability developers, planners
  • Processing – artesan food producers​
  • Public food, tender​
  • Catering, restaurants​

Aims of the programme

“..to form an understanding of the food system from farm to fork and how the food system is connected to climate change mitigation, eutrophication, biodiversity, human health, and rural development.”​

“..to empower individuals who are active in the food system to become change agents through a holistic understanding of the food system.”​

“..to develop skills in leadership and interventions for enhanced sustainability that can be applied in professional work in production, public food, tender, catering and restaurants.”

How can I stay updated?

The content of this website is the sole responsibility of the author and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union, the Managing Authority or the Joint Secretariat of the South Baltic Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020. The project UMBRELLA is partly financed from the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020 through the European Regional Development Fund.