Baltic environment in Focus of International Forum held in Russia

The roundtables of the XVIII International Environmental Forum “Baltic Sea Day”, held on 22-23 March 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia, will cover global and regional challenges as well as implementation of environmental projects and programs in the light of the EU Chairmanship in HELCOM.  This year, the event is a part of the frame of the Year of Ecology in Russia and expected to attract, as usual, a high number of participants representing a wide range of experts, authorities and the general public as well as high level speakers.
State of the Baltic Sea report – or, HOLAS II – and its forthcoming results mid-2017 will be one topic of the Forum roundtables.

The agenda of the Forum, based on the proposals by key stakeholders, reflects the latest issues concerning the Baltic Sea environment and current regional activities assuring good environmental status of the Sea and environmental safety in the region.

The agenda includes several round tables devoted e.g. to the following topics:

  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan, other strategies etc.
  • State of the Baltic Sea report (full title: Second Holistic Assessment of the Environmental Health of the Baltic Sea): HELCOM projects, trilateral cooperation for the Gulf of Finland
  • Nord Stream 2
  • Remediation of the toxic waste landfill Krasnyi Bor
  • Maritime traffic, agriculture, marine litter

The event is included in the list of activities of the Marine Board of St. Petersburg and activities of St. Petersburg City, being part of the 2017 Year of Ecology in Russia. As is the tradition, the Forum is supported by HELCOM countries and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.