Baltic Development Forum engages in a range of long term projects in collaboration with partners around the Baltic Sea. See a list of our current projects below.
360° insight for business decisions – Using natural capital accounting to take informed decisions
The project “360° insight for business decisions – Using natural capital accounting to take informed decisions”, develops and promotes a reliable and user-friendly methodology for Natural Capital Accounting (NCA). The methodology will be applied by companies, utilities and others in Scandinavia interested in addressing their drain and dependency on renewable and non-renewable natural resources. Through company case studies carried out in close cooperation with selected universities in Scandinavia, the project develops a methodology and tools tailored to specific companies, production units and/or products. By disseminating the findings to anyone interested in contributing to or embarking on NCA, the project brings out knowledge on NCA to a wide international audience. The partner involvement of universities and regional organisations ensures state-of-the-art approaches and a contribution towards further development of NCA. The project has been launched by the COWI Foundation. It is targeted at companies, utilities and others in Scandinavia. Visit website.
Lead Partner: COWI
Contact at BDF: Flemming Stender, firstname.lastname@example.org
BSR Stars S3: Smart specialization through cross-sectoral bio-, circular- and digital economy ecosystems
Smart specialization in bio-, circular- and digital economy in the Baltic Sea Region through business-research-public co-creation and innovation ecosystem management.
BSR Stars S3 seeks to enhance sustainable growth opportunities in the Baltic Sea Region, focusing on the fields of bio-, circular and digital economy. The project stimulates transnational and cross-sectoral partnerships, develops integrated innovation support infrastructures and innovation management tools, and increases the capacity of innovation actors to utilize smart specialization strategies (S3). BSR Stars S3 is an international project partly funded through the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. Participating regions are Skåne (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Tampere (Finland), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Sør-Trøndelag (Norway).
The project is partly funded through the European Union (European Regional Development Fund). BDF is a partner in the project. Visit website.
Lead Partner: The Baltic Institute of Finland.
Contact at BDF: Torben Aaberg, email@example.com
Baltic TRAM (Transnational Research Access in the Macroregion) is an international project that aims to enhance innovation capacity and strengthen the cooperation between science and business.
Baltic TRAM links expertise to concrete industrial needs by providing new ways of access to research facilities, open science and cloud concepts. The project is led by DESY, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, in dialogue with fourteen project partners and five associated organisations from across the Baltic Sea Region.
The project is partly funded by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund). BDF is a partner in the project. Visit website.
Lead Partner: DESY Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron.
Contact at BDF: Lisa Jadranka Walda, firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s communicate the EUSBSR for the benefit of the region
The “Let’s communicate!” project, funded by INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme, functions as the Communication Point of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The project aims to maintain and develop further the internal and external communications of the EUSBSR framework. It has a strong partnership consisting of representatives from all Baltic Sea Region countries and pan-Baltic organisations.
“Let’s communicate!” administers the EUSBSR website, Twitter, Flickr and Youtube accounts. The project gathers current information about EUSBSR developments to its communication channels, promotes the use of the EUSBSR visual identity and provides with communication support and tools to the EUSBSR stakeholders. In addition, the project will reach out to new target groups in order to attract new stakeholders to take part in action.
The project is partly funded by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund). BDF is a partner in the project. More information: www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu
Lead Partner: Centrum Balticum
Contact at BDF: Flemming Stender, email@example.com
TENTacle: Exploring the benefits of implementing transport corridors in the Baltic Sea Region
The TENTacle project aims to maximise the regional growth, prosperity and cohesion benefits of implementing the TEN-T core network corridors – a new EU transport policy instrument which was established to improve mobility, intermodality and interoperability on the major transport axes across Europe. TENTacle will deploy a number of pilot cases in the : Scandinavian-Mediterranean, North Sea-Baltic and Baltic-Adriatic.
In each of the cases, TENTacle will address the key growth challenge that may be resolved through a better physical and functional connection to the TEN-T core network corridors. Action plans, pre-feasibility investment studies, new business models and transport strategies will be delivered through interaction with the public and private stakeholders in order to demonstrate how to strengthen positive corridor synergies in different geographic and development contexts.
The results of the pilot cases will be brought to the macroregional level to feed the debate how to capitalise on the EU transport policy instrument irrespective of the geographical location. New evidence of the impact of TEN-T core network corridors on the transport networks in the Baltic Sea region, solutions for how to extend them north- and eastwards, and how to combine them with another policy coordination framework of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region will lie at the heart of TENTacle work.
The project is partly funded through the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and involves 23 project partners as well as 65 associated organisations. BDF is an associated partner to the project.
Lead Partner: Blekinge Region, Sweden
Contact at BDF: Viktoria Nilsson, firstname.lastname@example.org
NonHazCity: Minimizing emissions of hazardous substances
NonHazCity has as an objective to minimize the emissions of hazardous substances in cities within the Baltic Sea area.
The project wants to demonstrate possibilities of municipalities and waste water treatment plants to reduce emissions of priority hazardous substances and other pollutants from small scale emitters at urban areas that cannot be targeted with traditional water treatment and enforcement techniques. The substances of concern will be identified and prioritised, sources tracked and ranked, and individual Hazardous Substance Source Maps and Chemicals Action Plans will be developed by each partner municipality.
The project is partly funded through the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and involves 10 partner municipalities: Stockholm, Västerås, Turku, Pärnu, Riga, Kaunas district, Silale, Gdansk, Lübeck, Hamburg. BDF is an associated partner to the project.