Cities for a Healthier Sea

What and why

Cities for a Healthier Sea was a two year project promoting the Baltic Sea Challenge network in the three partner countries Finland, Estonia and Latvia and working to improve the state of coastal waters in the Baltic Sea region. The aim of the project was to strengthen the commitment of local actors to water protection work and to provide tools to support everyday work, administration and decision-making processes.


The results of the project include improved communication between target groups and attracting new actors to join the network. This was achieved through bringing together different stakeholders to take part in educational seminars, international conferences and study exchanges, where experiences could be shared across borders. Material, like the Handbook for Baltic Sea Protection in Cities and Municipalities [download], was produce to support water protection work in the stakeholder´s own organizations.

The project gave insight into the differences in policies, administrations and practices between various actors in Estonia, Latvia and Finland. The value of sharing knowledge and experiences across borders and providing concrete examples of water protection measures was recognized and has been an important part in continuing the work in the CITYWATER project.


Cities for a Healthier Sea in brief

Duration: 1 May 2010 – 30 April 2012
Partners: City of Helsinki (Lead partner), City of Turku, Centrum Balticum, City of Tallinn, REC Estonia, ERKAS (Estonian Regional and Local Development Agency), LALRG (Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments)
Budget: EUR 671 479
Co-financing: Central Baltic Interreg IVA Programme 2007-2013 and Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in Southwest Finland

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