Technical Expert Meeting
Date and time: 23 March 2016, St Petersburg, Russia, Green Hall 7, Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya Hotel
Purpose: Preview of the Programme, its purpose and structure, to be acquainted with the Programme team and Programme partners, to understand purpose of the Programme, to get information about outcomes, reports, and deliverables, to make an outcomes mapping.
Mikhail Durkin welcomed the participants of the meeting and introduced the Agenda. Tanja Ehrenberg welcomed the participants on behalf of the Programme, asked the participants to introduce themselves and share their expectations.
General introduction of the Programme
Tanja Ehrenberg presented the Programme, its background, institutional framework. She gave a brief description of the both the components; Barents and Baltic, explained how the system of agreements is functioning and what kind of requirements is coming from different organizations and how funds involved are in place. (Presentation is here)
Baltic component of the Programme
Mikhail Durkin presented Coalition Clean Baltic, its members around the Baltic sea and CCB priority activities and demonstrated the CCB action plan for 2016 -2017. Mikhail explained in details the activities and outcomes envisaged in Ecosystem based management in river basins and ecosystem based management in Maritime spatial planning in both Leningrad and Kaliningrad regions. The detailed presentation was made, due to which every participant of the meeting got an insight into existing problems in nature protection and natural resources management in Kaliningrad and Leningrad regions. (Presentation is here)
Results strategy for Sweden’s support for democracy, human rights and environment in Russia 2014-2018
Gunilla Davidsson presented the Results strategy for Sweden’s support for democracy, human rights and environment in Russia 2014-2018. She focused on two areas: greater respect for human rights, and strengthened democratic development and citizen participation and a better environment and limited climate impact in the Baltic Sea region.
Gunilla stressed Sida’s attention to strengthen the environment and climate mainstreaming. One of the actual Sida’s issue was mentioned – gender approach. (Presentation is here)
Barents component of the Programme
Larisa Bilous presented how the Programme is going to be implemented in the Barents region, introduced the WWF, its mission and goals, and history of operations in Russia. Larisa mentioned that the Programme will mainly focus on depressed regions, where high unemployment rate is observed, poaching is widespread and while the areas are attractive for tourists, the tourist flows are not regulated. Environmental degradation caused by earlier economic activities is common, such as abandoned shafts, sweep wood in rivers, etc. One of the goals is to reduce the environmental load of such non-regulated tourism. Other planned activities by each of the outcomes were presented and specified. In the conclusion, Larisa made an overview of overall goals of the Programme in Barents region. (Presentation is here)
Experiences from CCB-Sida Programme for Belarus
Natalia Porechina presented outcomes of the Belorussian partners. She demonstrated methodology and types of activities for teachers and students, mentioned the methods and tools for involvement of local authorities and control services and local public. Information about equipment for public monitoring of the water quality was presented and an IT platform was showed, which were developed for getting feedback from local public according their environmental activities.(Presentation is here)
Administration, financial management and reporting
Maria Basova presented the organizational chart of the project, explained the roles and responsibilities of the staff involved. She touched the schedule of the project activities and briefly provided information about financial management and financial flows of the project, covering the requirements for agreements and transfer of finances. Then she commented on financial reporting, its content and timing. Maria informed the participants on practicalities concerning the Stakeholder Analysis and Capacity Assessment. (Presentation is here)
Gender and social diversity in nature conservation
Tanja Ehrenberg presented the gender requirements in the present Programme. She focused on gender statistics and indicators and explained how to use such a tool as Social diversity analysis. The results of the first analysis of the Barents component were presented. (Presentation is here)
The Agenda of the meeting could be find here (in Russian).