XIX International Ecological Forum Baltic Sea Day was held in St. Petersburg on March 22-23rd. Results of HELCOM Ministerial meeting, which was held in Brussels on 6 March 2018, was one of the main topic of discussion. Forum was organized by HELCOM, Ministry of natural resources, Government of St.Petersburg and other organizations.
This year forum was organized in parallel on two areas – St.Petersburg and Kaliningrad.
Session on Ecosystem approach in integrated river basin management (RBM) was held by Coalition Clean Baltic in cooperation with Ecocentrum and Friends of the Baltic with support of Neva-Ladoga water basin department. The event was held in the frame of Roundtable on Sustainable Water Management to protect the marine environment from land based pollution.
Marina Kazmina, Deputy Head of Neva-Ladoga water department, presented the report on saving and rational use of transboundary waters. Monitoring plans for Working groups of Russian-Finnish Commission on using transboundary waters and Russian-Estonian Commission on saving and rational use of transboundary waters.
Taina Ihaksi from the Center of economical development, transport and environment (FLY-center for Sоutheast Finland) talked about saving the transboundary rivers in the frame of new international project SEVIRA, aimed to development of methodology of nutrients load to the Gulf of Finland and its rivers . Partners in the SEVIRA project are Finnish environmental institute (SYKE), Center of economical development, transport and environment (FLY-center for Sоutheast Finland), Institute of limnology Russian Academy of Science, Federal state budgetary institution Northwest administration for hydrometeorological and environmentally monitoring and Ecocentrum LTD.
Olga Senova, the head of Ecocentrum, presented experience on ecosystem approach to river basin management and talked about of the first results of Barents-Baltic «Nature and man» Program.
Janis Sire from Latvian Center of Environment, Geology and Meteorology talked about challenges and perspectives of transboundary management of river Daugava (Western Dvina).
Vladimir Zuev from public organization Nerush, Belarussia and Olga Zadonskaya from State Hydrological Institute, St.Petersburg, Russia presented results of water related projects and experience of public participation in transboundary management of rivers Neman and Zapadny Bug, as well as Pskovsko-Chudskoe lake-river Narva water basin.
Zhanna Lodgun, presented Novgorod region Administration, presented the experience of saving of water objects of Novgorod region.
Experience exchange on development of common approaches to ecosystem basin management in river basins with participation of public and local communities.
At the same time the regional seminar "The roadmap for the elimination of HELCOM hot spots: the experience of other countries in the Baltic Sea region" was held on March 22, in Kaliningrad.
Experience of solving problems of municipal, industrial, agricultural "hot spots" was discussed. The expert of "Friends of the Baltic" presented a report on Local solutions to reduce the nutrient load on the Baltic Sea - NGO approaches in the Gulf of Finland basin, which reflected the activities of the Friends of the Baltic together with Ecocentrum Ltd to reduce the nutrient load on the Gulf of Finland through environmental education and projects. The report caused a wide public response. Participants shared similar experiences in other regions of the Baltic Sea - Kaliningrad, Belarus, etc.