День Балтийского моря/Baltic Sea Day

2022 (English version)


Agenda of the Forum 2022


The XXII International Ecological Forum "Baltic Sea Day" was held on March 22, the date of the celebration of the Baltic Sea Day.

Traditionally, for more than 20 years the event has been gathering leading experts, specialists, representatives of authorities, as well as business communities united by a common goal - the preservation of the Baltic Sea.

For the second year in a row, the Forum is held in a hybrid format, and thus promotes the participation of both specialists and interested persons from different regions of our country.

This year, the Forum Agenda was focused on Russia's contribution to the implementation of the updated strategic document for the region - the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan 2021 - 2030. The official opening was attended by:

- Mr Ivan Kushch - Director of the Department for International Cooperation and Climate Change of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation

- Mr Igor Kapyrin - Deputy Director of the Department of European Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

- Mr Alexander German - Chairman of the Committee for Nature Use, Environmental Protection and Environmental Safety of St. Petersburg.

The plenary session was moderated by Ms Natalia Tretyakova, Head of the Russian Delegation to HELCOM, and Mr Ivan  Serebritsky, Deputy Chairman of the St. Petersburg Committee for Nature Use, Environmental Protection and Ensuring Ecological Safety. Representatives of the Kaliningrad and Leningrad regions also were presented at the Plenary session.

Deputy Director of the Department for European Cooperation of the Russian Foreign Ministry Mr Igor Kapyrin noted at the plenary session of the “Baltic Sea Day” that the Russian Foreign Ministry will contribute to the completion of environmental projects that have been implemented until recently in the Baltic region.

Also, within the framework of the plenary session, the Award Ceremony was traditionally held for the contribution to the development of cooperation in the Baltic Sea region by the Foundation. Vernadsky. The awards were given to Mr Alexander  Bryukhanov (acting director, Institute of Agroengineering and Environmental Problems of Agricultural Production - branch of the FGBNU FNAC VIM) and Ms Larisa Danilova (general director, Scientific Research Design Institute for Aquatic Territorial Planning Ermak North-West).

Round tables of the Forum were devoted to the most topical issues of the Baltic region:

1. International cooperation on the assessment of the state of the environment of the Baltic Sea.

At the round table, the participants highlighted the topics of monitoring the Gulf of Finland, counting the ringed seal, the content of hazardous substances in the main commercial fish of the Baltic Sea, and much more;

2. Strengthening cooperation to remove sources of negative environmental impact - "HELCOM hot spots".

Ms Natalia Tretyakova made a report on the status of Russian HELCOM "hot spots" and the priorities in this area. Ms Olga Rublevskaya shared the experience of SUE “Vodokanal of St. Petersburg” in eliminating “HELCOM hot spots” and presented a draft proposal for eliminating subpoint 18.15. Mr Boris Komovnikov (GAU KO "EKAT") presented the current situation and prospects for the exclusion of "hot spots" in the Kaliningrad region; proposals were also made for the division and phased exclusion of the "hot spot" - agriculture of the Leningrad region. Of great interest was the information about the reclamation of the hazardous waste landfill "Krasny Bor" - hot spot 23.

3. Issues of marine debris and microplastics.

Within the framework of this round table, the results of the research of the Institute of Oceanology named after A. P.P. Shirshov RAS, RSHU and the Institute of Lake Science RAS, St. Petersburg Federal Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, also touched upon the topic of catching and recycling the so-called “ghost” (lost) nets. EKAT-Kaliningrad highlighted the results of the FanpLESStic project. The speakers shared the results of environmental education initiatives: the international environmental campaign "Clean Beach" and volunteer cleaning by the NGO "Clean Games".

The results of the Forum were presented at an open meeting of the Organizing Committee. Main findings and conclusions:

- The plenary session and all 3 round tables were broadcast on the Youtube platform;

- The Plenary meeting received the most views (400 views; 82 views in English);

- The most popular round table - "Issues of marine debris and microplastics". The broadcast was watched by 394 people;

- Forum "Baltic Sea Day" - a powerful tool in achieving the goals of the conservation of the Baltic Sea;

- Every year the Forum shows that a large number of studies are being carried out, the most important data are being accumulated, which ultimately form the basis for further actions to develop coordinated decisions.


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