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Finland to chair HELCOM next two years

Finland’s Chairmanship of the Baltic Sea Protection Commission (Helsinki Commission HELCOM) started in the beginning of July. The key task of the two-year Chairmanship is to update the Baltic Sea Action Plan launched in 2007. Measures should be included that enable to achieve a good environmental status for the Baltic Sea by 2030.
 
On the Finnish initiative HELCOM will prepare a regional nutrient recycling strategy for the Baltic Sea. The aim of the strategy is that valuable nutrients are in efficient use and prevent them from being lost to waters. Practical measures will be included in the Action Plan to reduce nutrient inputs.
 
Climate change will maintain, or even increase, eutrophication in the Baltic Sea. It will also have impacts on the distribution of living organisms and attaining the objectives set for the protection. The work of HELCOM must be further strengthened to understand the impacts and minimise harm and damage. Climate change and adaptation will be one of the key issues in updating the Action Plan. HELCOM activities are to be linked to a wider context for work on sustainable development, i.e. implementing of the goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

First announcement: 14th International Conference “Ecological and economic problems of development of regions and countries (sustainable development, management of natural resources)”

We invite you to take part in the 14th International Conference of the Russian Society for Ecological Economics “Ecological and economic problems of development of regions and countries (sustainable development, management of natural resources)”

Date: 3.7.2017-7.7.2017
Place: Petrozavodsk, Russia
Webpage:   http://RSEE.org

RSEE-2017 Conference continues the tradition of the Russian Society for Ecological Economics (RSEE) to organize meetings of scientists, graduate and post-graduate students and professionals, where they discuss the results of basic and applied research on ecological economics.

The 14th conference in Petrozavodsk will be devoted to the discussion of topical issues in the field of sustainable development of countries and regions, methodology and practices of establishing and developing the economic mechanism of nature management and environmental protection, including payments for the use of natural resources and environmental impact, assessment and elimination of accumulated environmental damage, development of environmental target programs, management of ecological and economic systems, the problem of interactions between authorities, business and civil society, environmental safety.

Prospective thematic areas of the conference:
• environmental policy in Russia and around the world;
• economic instruments for regulating the use of natural resources and environmental protection;
• ecological and economic problems of development of northern and border regions;
• development of methods for estimation of economic damage from environmental pollution; elimination of accumulated environmental damage;
• interactions between authorities, business and the civil society in dealing with ecological and economic problems;
• environmental and economic problems of Karelia;
• the problem of resource- and energy-saving;
• the effectiveness of nature conservation activities;
• ecological-economic modeling in the field of sustainable development;
• economic environmental impact assessment and expert review.

Conference languages - Russian and English. Interpretation will be provided during sessions.

Important Dates
April 15: Submission of Abstracts (200 words) and Application Form (see below)
May 1: Acceptance notification and Second Announcement-Invitation with the rules for submission of Extended Abstracts (up to 4 pages) for publication.
May 20: Submission of Extended Abstracts, and  Early Registration
June 15: Preliminary Program

For more information, please see the first announcement.

HELCOM meeting: Greenlighting assessment tools and indicators for State of the Baltic Sea report

​​​​​​​Delegations representing all Baltic coastal states as well as the EU meet this week at HELCOM headquarters to discuss and decide on the best measures for improving the Baltic marine environment.

The meeting participants will face major decisions required for completing HELCOM State of the Baltic Sea report Draft Recommendations on sewage sludge and conservation of underwater biotopes and habitats are expecting agreement. The 2-day meeting will also discuss the final plans for the HELCOM high-level segment on ocean-related Sustainable Development Goals, taking place on 28 February 2017.

Read more on the meeting, its targets and future work on HELCOM website.

Helcom seminar in EUSBSR Strategy forum: More transparency and political leadership

Marine environment protection was high in the agenda of the EUSBSR Strategy Forum in Stockholm 8.-9.11.2016. The regional work by the sectors – shipping, ports, tourism, agriculture, wastewater management, fisheries and aquaculture – to protect the Baltic marine environment was debated about in a seminar hosted by HELCOM.

Read the whole article on HELCOM website.

Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency: Information Day 12 Dec 2014, Brussels

Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Information Day will be held on 12 December 2014 in Brussels.

In the Information Day you will...

  • Get an update on the European policy on sustainable energy.
  • Learn about the energy efficiency priorities of the 2015 Horizon 2020 calls.
  • Find out how to apply for funding.
  • Participate in sessions dedicated to the different funding areas, meet the EASME team and get answers to your questions.
  • Use the opportunity to find new project partners.

Horizon 2020 Information Day & Brokerage Event in 14th September in Brussels

In 14th September, the Horizon 2020 Information Day & Brokerage Event for the Work Program "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials" will be organized in Brussels.

The event will be organized by the European Commission due to the upcoming calls for proposals which will be launched in autumn 2016. The event is for the research community, businesses and public administration.

Find the registration link and event programme here.

Improving the environment with committed stakeholders

The Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP) has been highly successful in co-financing projects to improve wastewater treatment in North West Russia. As a result of NDEP’s 14 year cooperation with St Petersburg Vodokanal, the city is now treating 98.4% of its wastewater. NDEP grants of EUR 40 million, combined with loans of EUR 220 million from the EBRD, EIB, NIB and NEFCO have helped to leverage investments worth over EUR 860 million. Since 2011, all major wastewater treatment plants in St Petersburg have been treating wastewater in full compliance with HELCOM recommendations. NDEP has financed similar investments also in other cities in Russia to protect the fragile ecology of the Baltic and Barents Seas area.

Improving wastewater management in the Baltic Sea Region - IWAMA project

IWAMA aims at improving resource efficiency in wastewater management of the region. The project actions are distributed along three main fields: capacity development, smart energy management and smart sludge management.

The intention of IWAMA is working together to improve the state of the Baltic Sea. In the publication, a visualisation of the scope of the project is present on the map, picturing the geographical locations of 17 project partners and 12 associated partners from 10 countries of the Baltic Sea Region. To strengthen the flow of knowledge and experience, the partners of IWAMA are united to provide the region with inspiration through the Baltic Sea Challenge network.

Download the IWAMA infograph leaflet on the UBC Sustainable Citied website.

Increased NDEP grant for wastewater treatment in Gatchina, Russia

The second phase of a comprehensive wastewater treatment investment programme in Gatchina, Russia took a major leap forward today when a grant agreement worth EUR 500,000 was signed between the local waterworks Gatchina Vodokanal and the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP). The grant is intended to facilitate investments related to modernisation of the plant’s biological treatment lines and the improvement of phosphorus and nitrogen removal.
 
“Considering the local commitment and all the investments and improvements which have been carried out so far, I think it is fair to say that Gatchina is a symbol of success that will serve as a good example for other cities in the region,” said Jaakko Henttonen, Adviser to the EBRD.

Read more about the programme on NEFCO website.

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