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EcoRegion: Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region

News: Mar 24, 2010

The School of Global Studies participates in the EcoRegion project, which aims to develop the Baltic Sea Region into the world's first EcoRegion, where economical growth goes hand in hand with environmental integrity and social justice. EcoRegion is financed by the Baltic Sea Program and by the European Union.

School of Global Studies contributes to policy development with a focus on sustainable transport issues and its cross-sectoral linkages. School of Global Studies also contributes to good practice collection and organizing of study visits for interested model EcoRegions. Marie Thynell is the local coordinator of the project.

Recently, Marie Thynell has participated in collaborating activities, exploring local initiatives in line with sustainable development in the cities of Lahti, Växjö and Petrozavodsk. The overall impression from the first project year is that there is a lot to learn from activities going on at local levels in the collaborating areas, in spite of different approaches at the political level.
Upcoming activities include meetings in Soroe (Zeeland), Gdansk and Tallinn.

Background information
The development in the Baltic Sea Region is far from sustainable. Excessive uses of land, growing demand for energy, and increasing problems associated with air 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 of becoming the world's first EcoRegion.

Sustainable Transport
The EcoRegion project will focus on following sustainable transport themes:
• Environmental impacts (i.e. links between sustainable transport and cuts of emissions / greenhouse gases)
• Social impacts (i.e. links between functioning public transport and increase of access / mobility, public safety and security)
• Economical impacts (i.e. links between transport development and income increase).

Focus lays on every measure designed as to “reduce greenhouse emissions”. Awareness rising on the use of public transport is one of the main issues to be addressed.

Contact person at School of Global Studies
Marie Thynell
Tel: +46 (31) 7864937

Link to the EcoRegion website



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