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CIVITAS DYN@MO is an ambitious project where UBC particitates in with strategic importance to sustainable mobility planning in four dynamic European cities. Check out the main accomplishments that have been reached so far! The video also highlights that new mobility planning and smart technologies create opportunities for changing mobility behaviour and creating a citizen friendly urban environment.

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The year 2015 has been interesting, sometimes challenging but also  really rewarding!  We have, together with our member cities been planning our focus areas and activities for the upcoming years.
As a result we managed to develop and finalize the UBC Sustainability Action Programme 2016 – 2021, the main steering document for our activities. The document was adopted at the UBC General Conference in Gdynia on the 29 October 2016.
At the same occasion it was decided that our Commissions secretariat will be hosted by the City of Turku for the period 2016 – 2021. As a part of the renewal of the UBC Commission work we also have a new Advisory Board for our commission, whose work has started well and we are ready to proceed to the next level of activities in the coming year.

Read more in our latest UBC Sustainability eBulletin 3/2015!

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Our Commission and seven UBC members cities - Riga, Jelgava, Tartu, Turku, Helsinki, Söderhamn and Gävle cooperate on integrated storm water management in the Central Baltic within the project that has just started!

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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 in a nutshell

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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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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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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

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SmartComp welcomes you to join our roundtable event
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
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