Baltic Sea Regional workshop Latvia 2015

Time: 17 March 2015
Place: Jurmala, Latvia

On the 17th of March, municipalities, businesses, NGOs, ministries and associations gathered to discuss ways in which Latvian local governments can work more strategically with water management in order to spur economic growth.

JurmalaTwo socio-economic reports highlighting the benefits of clean waters in this region were presented as well as case studies from municipalities and organsations in Latvia, Nordic countries and the United States. Emphasis was put on understanding the benefits that can be captured from clean water, including, improved quality of life, attractive destinations, opportunity for new business development, increased biodiversity and flood control- among others.

The program included a presentation by Kuldiga municipality that told about their updated Baltic Sea commitment and about the water protection work that they do as partners of the BSC network (picture below). A presentation was also held by the Baltic Sea Challenge (BSC) coordinator, which included information about the network and also included results from the CITYWATER project: a cost-benefit approach to water protection.

The event was organized by the BSC partner Race for the Baltic (Sweden) and the Baltic Sea Challenge network (Finland). The organizers of this workshop offer support to the participants to create follow up workshop and action plan, as requested. The question was raised: How can we work together, across boarders to save our common sea.

 

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