EcoRegion

Project Service:

Development & Application

In July 2006 Baltic 21 contracted sustainable projects to develop the application of the Baltic 21 Network for the “Baltic 21 Eco Region project” in the framework of the 9th call for proposals of the INTERREG III B programme.

Within a very short timeframe this assignment involved the following tasks:
  • Preparation of initial project idea and structure and project summary sheet
  • Contacting and communication with potential project stakeholders from the Baltic 21 Network (incl Russian partners)
  • Detailed consultations with the Federal Ministry of Environment (Germany) as Lead Partner and the Baltic 21 Secretariat
  • Screening of respective project ideas of various partners
  • Organisation of project development workshop with major Baltic 21 partners
  • Matching Baltic 21 project aims with overall aims of specific INTERREG III B / Tacis call, its priorities/measures and all other relevant EU policies
  • Transfer of general project idea into work packages and activities
  • Matching activities with the available project budget
  • Development of project timetable, project budget and general rationale of the project
  • Development of activities for the various organisations/networks to be involved in the project
  • Filling in of the detailed 40 page application form
  • Monitoring that all formal application criteria are fulfilled and the complete application submitted by the given deadline.

The application was submitted in October 2006 to the INTERREG BSR Secretariat with 27 different project partners and a total budget of 1 Million EURO. Despite the good evaluation the project was not approved.
Nevertheless - due to the high quality of the project proposal - the project was resubmitted, and approved under the new Baltic Sea Region Programme.

The development in the Baltic Sea Region is far from sustainable. Excessive use of land, growing demand for energy and pollution are just a few of today's challenges. Nevertheless, good practices on how to achieve sustainable development exist and by building on these the Baltic Sea Region has the potential to become the world's first Eco Region.

The Baltic 21 multi-stakeholder network has a strong track record in fostering sustainable solutions in the Baltic Sea Region. Initiated by the Prime Ministers of the Baltic Sea countries in 1996, it is a regional expression of the global Agenda 21 adopted by the United Nations Earth Summit. Baltic 21 brings together people who are active in a variety of different fields to carry out joint actions and cross-sectoral activities.

In addition, local governments throughout the EU started in 2004 to reinforce their Local Agenda 21 processes. Authorities who sign the Aalborg Commitments agree to define clear targets and to implement concrete actions in 10 different fields relevant for sustainable development. The EcoRegion project builds on the experience of these independent but interlinked processes to promote sustainable development.