Baltic 21 LHPs

Project Service:

Development & Application

Service duration: April 2005 – December 2007
Baltic 21 contracted Angela Schultz-Zehden as a part time consultant to assist the Baltic 21 Network in lighthouse project development. In that role we are working closely with Baltic 21 actors to promote project development. The assignment has so far involved 4 phases:

  1. The first phase (April – September 2005) resulted in two fully fledged lighthouse project proposals A.S.A.P. and Baltic Forest, which both involve numerous Baltic 21 member organisations (also from Russia). Both projects have received funding under the INTERREGIIIB BSR NP programme facility.
  2. In the second phase (November 2005 – April 2006), we have been working closely with the Baltic 21 Sectors and Joint Actions on the development of new Lighthouse Project Themes to be promoted within the new EU programming round (2007-2013). Baltic 21 also contracted s.Pro to carry out an Assessment of all INTERREG III B BSR projects in view of their contributions to the Baltic 21 Action programme (see below), which was released in April 2006 and has formed the basis for the Baltic 21 Triennial Report published in May 2006.
  3. In the third phase (May 2006 – September 2006), sustainable projects developed four project proposals for strategic projects to be funded under the new Baltic Sea Region Programme (2007 – 2013). Furthermore we assisted Baltic 21 in formulating its comments to the Joint Programming Team on how strategic projects should be developed under the new BSR programme. The strategic projects submitted are: Baltic Bioenergy Promotion, Innovation for Sustainable Development, Education for Sustainable Development and Urban-Rural Management Systems. A fifth project PlanCoast was implemented by s.Pro between 2006 and 2008. All projects have successfully been integrated into the BSR Programme.
  4. In the fourth phase (February - December 2007), working groups for each project theme are established in order to develop concrete strategic project proposals to be submitted for EU funding within the first call at the end of 2007. 
Funding programme: 
Lead partner: 
Baltic 21
Total budget: 
€ 19 M (for all 6 Lighthouse Projects)
Total duration: 
2005 - 2007
The Agenda 21 for the Baltic Sea Region, in short Baltic 21, is founded on the political will to accelerate the work on sustainable development in the Baltic Sea region and to implement Agenda 21 regionally. The process involves the eleven countries from the Baltic Sea Region (the members of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, CBSS), the European Commission and a number of intergovernmental organisations, international financial institutions and international non-governmental networks. The emphasis is on regional co-operation, and the work is focused on seven economic sectors (agriculture, energy, fisheries, forests, industry, tourism and transport) as well as on spatial planning and on education. Baltic 21 is steered by the Senior Officials Group (SOG) and in the inter sessional periods, by the SOG Bureau.

In June 2004 the SOG adopted new Strategy Guidelines for Baltic 21 to be implemented in the coming years. One component of the guidelines is to establish what has been called, lighthouse projects. A lighthouse project is defined as a large scale, cross-sectoral, international project aimed at showing how sustainable development can be brought about in practice.