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Saving the Baltic Sea by Investing in the Waste Water Management in Belarus.

Public Forum of PRESTO Final Conference entitled “Save the Sea – Investing in Waste Water Management in Belarus” took place in Helsinki on 11th of February 2014. The event has gathered around 90 participants representing waste water treatment utilities, universities and research institutes, engineering and technology consultancy companies, as well as local, national and EU officials and representatives of the international organizations.
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PRESTO project accelerate adoption of efficient wastewater treatment technologies in Baltic Sea Region and Belarus

Join “Save the Sea – Investing in Waste Water Management in Belarus” – the Final Conference of the PRESTO project which will take place on 11 February 2014 in Helsinki, Finland!

This conference will showcase the results of the three-year intensive effort in improvement of municipal waste water treatment in the Baltic Sea Region within “PRESTO” project (Project on Reduction of Eutrophication of the Baltic Sea Today). Policy makers, research organisations and practitioners from Belarus and EU-member countries will discuss most recent challenges in waste water treatment in the region and present best practices to address them. The overall objective of the event is therefore to disseminate the outcomes of the project and share the knowledge developed throughout the three years of its duration, as well as to give participants an opportunity to compare experiences and exchange ideas with colleagues from all over the Europe.

This event offer unique opportunity to obtain actual information and address such essential topics, as:

• Implementation of investments in Belarus;
• Successful examples of cooperation to reduce nutrient load in the Baltic Sea Region;
• European aspects of cooperation in water management;

Please check the program and register to the conference by 31.1.2014!

The event is free of charge, but the participant amount is limited. Places will be filled in order of registration. Please note that registration is binding.
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Congratulations to our Head of Secretariat!

Mr. Björn Grönholm, Head of Secretariat at the Union of the Baltic Cities Commission on Environment, has been awarded with the Europe Foundation’s Baltic Sea Prize 2013.

Mr. Grönholm, Head of Secretariat, UBC Commission on Environment since 2006, received the prize for his wide-ranging work among environmental issues in the Baltic Sea region. During the past 20 years Mr. Grönholm has promoted economic, social, cultural and environmental development through different organisations, as a university researcher, and with the work done within the UBC Commission on Environment Secretariat.

More details available (in Finnish) at
http://eurooppasaatio.fi/palkinnon_saajat.php
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The first SmartComp newsletter is out now!

The SmartComp project supports smart and environmentally sustainable development growth of the Central Baltic Region maritime clusters. The project encourages the co-operation between maritime businesses, public sector and research organisations in Finland, Estonia and Latvia.

Read all about the SmartComp event and SmartComp research report.

http://www.cb-smartcomp.eu/index.php/cbsc:newsletter_feb13
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A new report on municipal climate work has been published, "Aspects of strategic climate work in Nordic municipalities". The report is the output of the NordLead project, led by UBC Commission on Environment in 2011-2012 and partly funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Download the report PDF for free from http://www.norden.org/en/publications/publikationer/2012-557
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PRESTO project in a nutshell
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PRESTO project’s common university course on nutrient removal took place in the Belarusian National Technological University in Minsk, 4-6 December. During the three intensive days, students from 5 Belarusian universities and from the Technological University of Berlin together with some Belarusian operators had lectures, group works and site visit to Minsk WWTP.

The course was developed by the German and Belarusian university partners on basis of the five capacity building workshops that were organized in different countries during the PRESTO project. The know-how and study materials that were developed in the project will enable the Belarusian technological universities to start giving education on modern waste water treatment. This contributes also to sustainable use of the investments done in the PURE and PRESTO projects in Belarus. Both projects were co-financed by the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013.
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SmartComp welcomes you to join our roundtable event
THE FUTURE OF MARITIME CLUSTERS IN CENTRAL BALTIC SEA REGION AND RUSSIA
22nd of May 2013 at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, Turku, Finland

The changing operating environment is creating challenges for the Central Baltic Sea region maritime clusters. Besides common challenges, the countries also share opportunities, of which the most important is their proximity to Russia’s growing maritime sector. The aim of the roundtable is to strengthen the collaboration among triple helix actors and stimulate discussion regarding co-operation prospects, developments and business opportunities between the Central Baltic Sea region countries and Russia.

The event is free of charge, but the participant amount is limited. Registration is open until Wednesday 15 May 2013

Programme and registration details are available at http://www.cb-smartcomp.eu/index.php/news/article/447
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How well do you think you know the Baltic Sea Region ? Take the Baltic Sea quiz to find out !
https://apps.agorapulse.com/go/5625
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Baltic Cities Environmental bulletin 2/2012

In the editorial, Connie Hedegaard, commissionner for Climate Action sends a message to cities around the Baltic Sea Region. It is important to both acknowledge the great challenge of our ongoing climate change but also to learn from our neighbouring cities in the region to see the local innovative and mitigating solutions that are already out there.

The feature story display various reasons why cities should - and cities have en increasing focus on Green Growth. A series of member cities provide a vast variety of green growth solutions including Arendal, Rakvere, Örebro, Helsinki, Jelgave, Tartu, Panevezys, Griefswald, Gdansk and Jekabpils. Along with stories from member cities, the Bulleting also include information on ongoing projects in the Baltic Sea Region coordinated by UBC Commission on Environment. Commission on Energy are also represented and showcase their projects towards more efficient water treatment systems. focus on the triple-helix approach.

Download PDF from http://www.ubc-environment.net/index.php/main:ubc_envcom_publications
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PURE Newsletter 3: Data management of urban waste water loading

http://www.purebalticsea.eu/index.php/pure:newsletter_3
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Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) is a voluntary, proactive network of cities mobilizing the shared potential of over 100 member cities for democratic, economic, social, cultural and environmentally sustainable development of the Baltic Sea Region. The UBC Commission on Environment is responsible for the Union’s work on environmental and urban sustainability co-operation and functions as the co-ordination secretariat of the entire UBC Sustainability Action Programme.