Date, time: 4 October 2023, 10:00-11:30 EEST

Venue: The Small Guild  (address: Amatu iela 5, Riga, Latvia)


Key questions to be discussed:

  • The focus is on collaboration opportunities which demands us to transcend our current roles and strategies and build new capabilities
  • How can we facilitate the upcoming wave of investments
  • How to best support the city or regional level to address the opportunities and EU missions ‘100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030’ and ‘Adaptation to Climate Change’
  • How can EUSBSR facilitate collaborative decarbonization and climate change adaptation, towards leadership globally

Running the workshop

  • Panel discussion (setting the scene, key challenges and solutions) – 30 min
  • Interactive discussion facilitated by moderator - 45 min
  • Conclusion - 15 min. How can each of us contribute in our own local and BSR level tasks and roles to driving collaborative decarbonization


Opening words: Mr. Esa Kokkonen, Director, The Baltic Institute of Finland, Coordinator, EUSBSR Policy Area Innovation

Moderator: Mr. Patrik Laxell, Associate Partner, Synocus Ltd

  • Collaborative BSR Collaboration, findings from the initial phase
  • Setting the stage for the panel



Ms. Inga Ablingiene, EUSBSR Policy Area Transport coordinator, International Relations Manager, Transport Innovation Agency, Lithuania

  • Transportation as a field for collaborative decarbonization, Lithuanian situation
  • What type of projects for cross-city or country collaboration are needed

Ms. Kaisa Mustajärvi, Development Manager, City of Tampere, Finland

  • City perspective: What City of Tampere expects from collaboration within the Baltic Sea region, and what can it provide to others
  • Example: City Blues project

Mr. Dimitry Frank Kamenetsky, Special Adviser at HELCOM, Policy Area Coordinator of EUSBSR Policy Area Spatial Planning

  • The role of the Baltic Sea in the decarbonization of the Baltic Sea region – challenges and opportunities
  • Maritime spatial planning as a tool

Ms. Agnieszka Ilola, Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) Sustainable Cities Commission

  • Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) as a platform for collaborative decarbonization and climate adaptation in the Baltic Sea region
  • Project examples

Ms. Ignė Stalmokaitė, Policy Officer for Priority Area Sustainable and Prosperous Region, Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat

  • Research in decarbonization, how can we develop the capabilities for resolving the challenges
  • Climate adaptation as an important field of collaboration, learnings from past projects



Contact person:

Ms. Esa Kokkonen

The Baltic Institute of Finland

PA Innovation coordinator

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Phone: +358 (50) 516-9111