Date, time: 5 October 2023, 11:30-13:00 EEST

Venue: Riga Art Space  (address: Kungu iela 3, Riga, Latvia)


Description of the session:

Initiatives to contribute to tackle climate issues in the region: climate neutrality and adaptation; circularity and sustainability of our waters and region in general.



Dr. Juha Jokela, Programme Director of the EU research programme, Finnish Institute of International Affairs




Videomessage from Ms. Karen Ellemann, Secretary-General, Nordic Council of Ministers


M.Sc. Joanna Przedrzymirska-Ziółkowska, Deputy Director for Organization and Development, Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences

Joanna is an oceanographer from the background, initiator and coordinator of projects related to maritime themes. Co-founder of the SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG. From 2011 to 2019 Head of the Project Service Center at the Maritime Institute in Gdańsk, earlier worked in the Secretariat of the BSR Interreg Programme.


Ms. Hanna Paulomäki, The Finnish Nature Panel, Department of Biological and Environmental Science, Jyväskylä University, Finland

Hanna is coordinator of international affairs at the Finnish Nature Panel and visiting researcher at the Aalto University where she has a project that develops sustainability education in energy engineering. She has worked with biodiversity and sustainability questions for twenty years as an expert and in leadership positions in international organizations including HELCOM, Oceana and Greenpeace Norden.


Ms. Ingela Isaksson, Senior Analyst, Coordinator Bilateral Environmental and Climate Cooperation, International Affairs, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management

Ingela is Project Manager at Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management and Coordinator of the Baltic SCOPE project and has been working with ecosystem-based integrated sustainable coastal zone management since 2006. Ms. Isaksson coordinates transboundary collaboration on different scales: local, regional, national and international.


Mr. Dr. Andris Andrušaitis, Adviser, Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology and Finnish Environment Institute (Syke)

A Latvian marine biologist, Andris in 2021 received a prestigious award from the Baltic Sea Foundation based on the Åland Islands for work in Baltic Sea research. For 15 years he was part of the BONUS programme – the joint marine and maritime research and development programme by all countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. In 2018-2021 he coordinated the preparation of a framework for a joint Baltic Sea and North Sea research and innovation programme. During his career, he has served as the director of Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology, worked as the Assistant Coordinator of the Baltic Sea Regional Project funded by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility, has been teaching biological oceanography and functioning of aquatic ecosystems at University of Latvia and was leading several other regional and EU projects. Currently, he chairs the senior advisory board of the Baltic Earth programme.