Completed projects

The CBSS Project Support Facility has co-financed 60 different projects in the Baltic Sea Region since 2013. Below are the PSF Projects which were completed in the previous years:

2020 PSF Projects

Priority: Safe and Secure Region
Project leader: MARTA center
Participating countries: Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania

The project attempts to address harmful social norms and gender stereotypes that drive gender inequality and violence towards and among children and youth. The project works with young girls and boys aged 12-18 directly via a Youth Group methodology developed by the lead partner MARTA center.

The project also aims to equip specialists in partner countries with knowledge, skills and attitudes to prevent violence among and towards children and youth. Specialists will receive training and later apply the Youth Group methodology as a tool for prevention of violence among youth in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. The methodology will be piloted and adapted based on the feedback received from participants to make sure that it meets the needs of national and local contexts.

To ensure long-term impact, each youth group will organize local activities to raise awareness on healthy relationships and violence prevention. In the project's final phase an international Youth Forum will be organized where youth group delegations from each partner country will meet with local and international stakeholders, youth workers and other professionals. A stage will be given to youth group participants to address topics and challenges important to them.
Priority: Safe and Secure Region
Project leader: Södertörn University
Participating countries: Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, Russia, Norway, Finland

The project addresses the cross border crime of human trafficking and focuses on cooperation and competence building for mass media and journalists. It aims to connect and engage students of journalism and teachers in the Baltic Sea Region by raising awareness about human trafficking and fostering exchange of experiences in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and Ukraine.

The project has a diverse cross-sectoral partnership involving a university, state authorities, NGOs and an international organisation. The project activities are designed to intertwine theoretical and practical knowledge on both national and internation level. Core activities of the project are national panel discussions for students of journalism, comparative studies of the outcomes of panel discussions, a competition for students in film, photography, articles or radio segments on the topick of human trafficking and the internationa workshop.
Priority: Regional Identity, Safe & Secure Region
Project leader: Association of Volunteer Fire Brigades of Republic of Poland (VFB)
Participating countries: Poland, Lithuania, Belarus

In Poland, National Rescue and Firefighting System consists of the State Fire Service and the Volunteer Fire Service, which significantly supports the operation of professional units. There are state fire brigades in Lithuania and Belarus, but volunteers are not organized yet. It is proposed to create a system of volunteer fire brigades in these countries. This would significantly strengthen the security system. The participation of Poland, Lithuania and Belarus in this project is a sign of common concern about our security. Safety of each country, as well as strengthening response in case of threats of a cross-border accident is an important problem for the neighbour countries. The main task of the project is creating a model of Voluntary Fire and Rescue Units in Lithuania and Belarus. Poland will share its experience in terms of organization as well as training and education of the young people. Project contractors set themselves the task of building a fire station and delivering a fire truck. An important element of the project will also be to activate young people by creating a youth fire team.

2019 PSF Projects

Priority: Safe and Secure Region
Project leader: End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT) Norway, Invisible Children Forum
Participating countries: Norway, Latvia, Sweden, Russia

This innovative project aims to identify and empower childhood survivors of human trafficking in the Baltic Sea States by establishing a regional forum and a digital platform where survivors can be informed, express their opinions, get support from peers and be heard in relevant decision making.
Priority: Safe and Secure Region
Project leader: Liepaja Municipal Police
Participating countries: Latvia, Finland, Lithuania

This project will research the safety concerns of the youth in the Baltic Sea Region. The research will help prepare for a larger scale project in which youth in the Baltic Sea Region will be educated on how to increase their safety in the physical and virtual world, especially in fields where they feel less secure. Special attention will be paid to the collaboration between safety experts and young people to demonstrate the value of such cooperation.
Priority: Safe and Secure Region
Project leader: Regional Public Organization of Social Projects in Sphere of Population’s Well-Being “Stellit”
Participating countries: Russia, Finland, Latvia

The project’s aim is to provide child protection specialists with relevant information and strategies regarding the prevention of child trafficking and sexual exploitation regarding ICT. The synergy of the combined expertise will contribute to advancing the child protection system and the safety of children in the Baltic Sea Region.
Priority: Safe and Secure Region
Project leader: Swedish Defence University
Participating countries: Sweden, Finland, Norway

The initiative promotes a more institutionalized cooperation between the variety of Baltic Sea Region end-users and stakeholder organizations, including societal security research institutions, sub-regional, national and local authorities as well as civil society organizations.

2018 PSF Projects

Priority: Regional Identity
Project leader: Swedish Radio Berwaldhallen
Participating countries: Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia

The Baltic Sea Festival has been running since 2003, offering both a cultural programme (focusing on music) and a seminar programme concentrating on leadership and sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region. Through music and discussions, the festival hopes to create a platform for democratic dialogue focusing on regional issues.

This funding will help establish an Advisory Board, comprised of key decision makers and lobbyists from the region, that can help pinpoint a new aim for the festival, making the event more relevant and significant by developing the programme as well as engaging new partners and audiences.
Priority: Regional Identity
Project leader: University of Turku
Participating countries: Finland, Belarus, Germany, Latvia, Russia

The overall aim of the project is to expand teacher and researcher resources in order to shape an international network focusing on Master level executive education with a specific perspective on international business and entrepreneurship. The resources would take new digital technology into consideration. The project will provide a way to integrate Belarussian Higher Education more closely into a Baltic Sea Region Higher Education context, building on the experiences from the CBSS EuroFaculty concept and current teaching and learning methods.
Priority: Regional Identity
Project leader: The Confederation of Nordic Associations/FNF
Participating countries: Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

The project aims at strengthening the cultural identity and branding between the Nordic and Baltic countries through visits to schools, high schools, universities, libraries and other cultural institutions across the Baltic Sea Region focusing on children, young people and adults in both urban and rural areas. The awarded funding will enable the Confederation of Nordic Associations to further develop this concept. The visits help to create social cohesion by promoting common values like democracy, artistic freedom and equality.

2017 PSF Projects

The project focuses on the policy challenges of fostering older peoples participation in the labour market, in order to compensate for the social and economic consequences of demographic change within the Baltic Sea Region. The planned policy dialogue and knowledge exchange established by the project aims to contribute to evidence-based decision- making and to support the development of sustainable policies for the region. Deliverables include the publication of a joint discussion paper, with input from researchers and policy makers from the region; a dialogue event with stakeholders from research, policy and societal organisations to consolidate the findings of the discussion paper; and the publication of a policy brief, summarising the project results and recommendations for future policy interventions within the Baltic Sea Region. The results will be disseminated through the European-wide communication channels of Population Europe, the network of demographic research centres in Europe.
Climate change is happening around us, in our immediate environment, cities and seas. Adapting to climate change is imperative for resilient so- cieties. The Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals call for global, national and local action.

Therefore, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), together with the Baltic Development Forum (BDF) and the Union of Baltic Cities (UBC), plans a capacity building programme, made up by a series of work- shops to train decision-makers and stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region in a set of risk management approaches for climate adaptation known as bottom-up methodologies.

The purpose of the workshops is to provide a platform to share knowledge and discuss next steps for capacity building in bottom-up methodologies at a regional or municipal level.
The project will develop a teaching and training course on sustainable ur- ban stormwater management and related ecosystem services. The course will bring together students, decision-makers, planners, and other pro- fessionals for a multi-actor, mutual learning programme, comprising of on-site lectures, workshops, and online courses. It will further be embed- ded and disseminated through the Baltic University Programme to reach stakeholders from the entire Baltic Sea Region.

The project will demonstrate the potential of sustainable stormwater man- agement in responding to the climate change-induced risk of urban flood- ing, and for the improvement of urban ecosystems. It will showcase state- of-the art approaches and the innovation potential and capacities, related to sustainable stormwater management, existing in the Baltic Sea Region.
The project “From the SDGs towards Sustainable Tourism in the BSR” will track the status quo of sustainable tourism in the BSR, identify best practices, gaps and differences and trigger processes in order to develop, provide and communicate solutions. The project is envisioned to be only a first formal step towards a more systematic approach to promoting sustainability in the tourism sector: a flagship process in the frame of EUSBSR PA Tourism, which aims at really achieving impact.
The ARS BALTICA Creative Dialogue (ABCD) intends to gather creative and cultural practitioners, provide space for discussion in an open environment and create synergies for and with the participating partners. The format wants to highlight cross-sectorial links and allow policy- makers to follow the debates and share their perspectives on the impact of culture and cultural practice. The underlying understanding is that culture is an essential driver for sustainability. Moreover, the ABCDs function as a tool to raise awareness about culture as a driver for sustainability and other key issues which illustrate that culture and cultural practice are the horizontal binding force in our societies.