Baltic Sea Day Russia 2015
Time: 19 March 2015
Place: St Petersburg, Russia
The aim of taking part in the Baltic Sea Day event was twofold: holding a presentation, and taking part in the round table discussion about marine litter. CITYWATER was represented at the Baltic Sea Day by a project expert.
The Baltic Sea Day seminar
The opening part of the seminar included greetings by e.g. Mr. Sergey Yakhnyuk, vice governor of the Government of the Leningrad region, who talked about progress in the region; Ms. Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary of HECOM, who presented the new, more member driven HELCOM, and stressing the importance of all partner countries to take an active part; and the Finnish Member of Parliament Ms. Christina Gestrin, representing the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference, brought up the importance of continuing cooperation on Baltic Sea issues despite politically difficult times.
The CITYWATER presentation (picture above) was held in the session “Summary of significant projects in the region” and focused on project results. Particular focus was on the cost-benefit analysis study. Also, the Baltic Sea Challenge was brought up as a tool for water protection work. Other presentations in the same section included results of the Gulf of Finland Year 2014 (picture below to the right); the Saint-Petersburg Initiative; Global Water Partnership: Water security; and Nord Stream Pipeline through the Baltic Sea.
Round table discussion on marine litter
CITYWATER also took part in the round table discussion on marine litter. In the introduction, Mr. Mikhail Durkin (picture below) from the Public Council of Rosprirodnadzor of the Kaliningrad region brought up regional water protection plans in different parts of the world; the first plan was made in the Mediterranean, whereas in the Black Sea, no plans are in place yet. Key messages and field of action of Baltic Sea Regional Action Plan on Marine litter was presented by Marta Ruiz from HELCOM. Ruiz brought up that almost half of the litter comes from shore – from household activities, sanitary waste, and transport. Most common marine litter include cigarette butts and unidentified pieces of plastic. Other organisations holding presentations included e.g. the Committee for environment protection of St. Petersburg, Vodokanal of St.Petersburg, and the Inter/regional Environmental Organization “Nature Protection Union”.