Baltic and Barents environmental activists gathered in Yantarny in Kaliningrad region to exchange experience on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), public participation in ecosystem based management and conflict mitigation in environmental work.
During 12 and 13 of May at Yantarny was organised the second Annual meeting of Barents Baltic People and Nature Programme, were the Programme partners from two regions met each other, get acquainted with achievements, planes and discussed the joint opportunities and possible regional and inter-regional cooperation within Outcome 2 on EBM in MSP processes.
During the introductory part of the meeting the participants shared their expectations and made short presentations about thier organisations and their programme activities.
The Programme Managers from Baltic and Barents made a joint presentation about the core objectives of the Programme.
The focus of this year meeting was on result based management (RBM), type of rusults and impact. Presentation on RBM were made and the partners were invited to the joint group work to practice the principles of RBM.
Dmitry Ryabov presented communication within the BBNP Programme and introduced general communication recommendations and tips. A film produced by Public Council of the South Coast of the Gulf of Finland about MSP in Baltic sea as an instrument of conflict resolution was shown.
The participants took active part in the assessment on gender and social diversity. Integration of gender and social aspects into environmental work created hot discussion during the second day. The results of the Gender and Social diversity assessment were presented to the participants by Maria Basova.
For practical work with issues of social diversity in nature conservation work, partners were given a task to prepare of event on MSP which includes the principle of social diversity in 3 groups.
The meeting was finished by discussion of different levels of motivation, success factors and group work on plans for the next project year.
The photes are taken by Dmitry Ryabov (WWF Russia)