On March 21-22, 2019, representatives of the Baltic countries gathered in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) for the 20th time to exchange experiences, discuss the achieved results and future plans, moreover ways of reaching the ambitious goals in conservation and protection of the Baltic Sea environment.
The Agenda of the Forum focused on Sustainable development for the Baltic Sea – future outlook and updating of the Baltic Sea action plan and contribution to the UN SDGs 2030.
The agenda of the 2019 Forum reflected current environmental trends and addressed the issue of sustainable development for the Baltic Sea, the Baltic Sea Action Plan and its update, as well as contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. It was elaborated together with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, HELCOM Secretariat and Committee for Nature Use, Environmental Protection and Ecological Safety of St. Petersburg, and included expert day (21st of March) with round tables and panel discussions and solemn day (22nd of March) with plenary session and awarding ceremony. Regional Nutrient Recycling Strategy to reduce nutrient inputs to and eutrophication of the Baltic Sea was specifically addressed in panel discussions in the frame of the plenary session. Other topics such as nature conservation, cooperation for shipping pollution reducing, fisheries in the Baltic Sea, environmental consequences of physical damage to the sea floor, marine litter were in the Forum programme during expert day.
CCB’s members and partners were involved in the following round tables:
- Marine litter
- Nature conservation in the Baltic Sea region
- Rural settlements and agricultural producers on the way to protect water resources / Ecosystem approach in river basin management and public role in water conservation and adaptation to climate change
- Session on Maritime Spatial Planning implementation in BSR
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