Joint Project Conference on Addressing common challenges of the Baltic Sea Basin by working on Integrated River Basin Management, microplastic & litter inputs was arranged by CCB’s PlasticFreeBaltic and From River Watch to River Manage Projects on 18-19 December 2017 in Druskininkai, Lithuania.
The Conference covered all major transboundary river basins on the Eastern side of the Baltic Sea catchment (Daugava, Nemunas, Western Bug/Vistula, Odra). It has summed up the activities carried out within the two projects that were run in parallel in 2017, as well as will address upcoming work for 2018-2019.
The Final Agenda of the Conference is available here.
Presentations of the Conference and conclusions of the break-out groups are available below.
Day 1, 19 December 2017: From River Watch to River Manage
- Introduction: Baltic Sea region, state-of-the-art environmental policies update and linkages to CCB’s projects and activities, Mikhail Durkin, CCB Secretariat
- Nemunas/Neman/Niemen: situation and experience of public engagement in RBM (incl. Public Advisory River Teams – PARTs), Edmundas Greimas, Lithuanian Fund for Nature / Nina Polutskaya, Ecohome Neman, Belarus
- Daugava/Western Dvina basin: situation and experience of public engagement in RBM (incl. PARTs), Aija Caune, Environmental Protection Club of Latvia
- Western Bug basin: situation and experience of public engagement in RBM (incl. PARTs), Maria Staniszewska, Polish Ecological Club / Aleh Takarchuk, Ecoproject, Belarus
- Other basins: experience of public participation,
- Group work on preparation of CCB input to HELCOM Ministerial conference:
- Inspirational workshop / from Day 1 to Day 2:
Day 2, 19 December 2017: Plastic Free Baltic
- Updates on the Plastic Free Baltic project objectives & results with national cases
- Eugeniy Lobanov, Project Manager
- Maryia Suma, Center for Environmental Solutions, Belarus
- Joanna Michalska / Natalia Kozak, Polish Ecological Club Gdansk
- Indre Ceidaite, Lithuanian Fund for Nature
- Daria Mytareva, Friends of the Baltic, St.Petersburg, Russia,
- Aija Caune, Environmental Protection Club of Latvia
- Marijana Tobén, BUND – Friends of the Earth Germany
- Policy update on regulation of microplastics in EU and other countries, EU Plastic Strategy, Eugeniy Lobanov and Mikhail Durkin
- Textile and paints as a source of microplastic, Marijana Tobén, BUND – Friends of the Earth Germany
- Group work (world café format):
- Microplastics in water objects within BSR; microplastic and marine litter monitoring
- Microplastics in cosmetics/textile/paints and work with industry
- Public awareness raising and education campaign on microplastics: tools, lessons, impact
- Policy inputs
List of participants is available here.
See more images from the conference in the gallery