Our topics

The topics that we work on in our projects reflect the topics of the BEF group. We provide expertise and project management, work with policy assessment and develop project together with our partners. Furthermore, we develop assessment tools and performance indicators for our own and other BEF projects. We work with in following environmental fields:

Nature Conservation and Biodiversity

Energy and Climate Change

Pollution and management of chemicals

Water and Water management

Waste Management

Strenghtening partnerships

 

Nature conservation and biodiversity

Anda Ruskule

Environmental expert/ project manager
anda.ruskule[at]bef[dot]lv 
Tel.: 00371 6735 7548

Nature and the biodiversity can be viewed from many different perspectives – its intrinsic value formed by variability of all living organisms, ecosystems and ecological process; emotional and aesthetic experiences it provides, being source for recreation and outdoor activities as well as direct economic benefits from natural resources and food it supplies thus insuring the well-being of people. Furthermore nature is in charge for variety of ecosystem services, including climate regulation, nutrient recycling, flood prevention, etc. that keep in balance our planet. The new objectives of EU policy focus on bring down high species-extinction rates by 2020, restoring natural ecosystems in the EU as far as possible, and contribute more to averting a global problem. The actual issues of the nature programme include:  promoting of environmental friendly farming for maintenance of biodiversity;  insuring sustainable use of marine ecosystem by introducing maritime spatial planning; assessment of status of marine biodiversity by developing new indicators and innovative monitoring methods as well as  stakeholder information, involvement and integration in the nature management and planning process.

Energy and Climate Change

Sustainable Integrated Management FOR the NEXUS of water-land-food-energy-climate for a resource-efficient Europe (SIM4NEXUS)
06/2016-05/2020

Baltic Energy Areas – A Planning Perspective (BEA-APP)
03/2016-02/2019

A systematic approach for inspiring training energy-spatial socioeconomic sustainability to public authorities (INTENSSS-PA)
02/2016-08/2018

Promotion of e-mobility in Latvia for climate change mitigation
03/2015-04/2016

Strengthening co-operation and experience exchange of NGOs to promote energy smart living (SmartLiving)
06/2013-03/2014

Awareness raising campaign for energy efficiency in Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine (ARCEE)
11/2011-02/2014

More biking in small and medium sized towns of Central and Eastern Europe by 2020 (mobile2020)
05/2011-05/2014

Supporting national adaptation strategies to climate change in the Baltic States (BaltClim)
11/2011-01/2013

Energy efficient and Ecological Housing (EcoHousing)
05/2011-12/2013

Network for Energy Efficiency in Northwest Russia (EEFIRUS)
09/2010-08/2012

Network for Energy Efficiency in Belarus (EEFIBEL)
04/2010-12/2011

Using ecological construction materials in new, energy efficient buildings in the Baltic States
08/2009-06/2011

Introducing Heat Pumps for Heat Supply in Riga City: Setting- up a Demonstration Object
08/2009-04/2011

From Estonia till Croatia: Intelligent Energy Saving Measures for Municipal housing in Central and Eastern European Countries (INTENSE)
10/2008-09/2011

Exchange of information and promotion of cooperation for increasing energy efficiency of energy resource use and facilitation for changing consumer patterns in the Baltic states
11/2007-12/2008

Developing concepts for innovative and energy efficient construction of new buildings
10/2007-03/2009

Daina Indriksone

Environmental expert/ project manager
daina.indriksone[at]bef[dot]lv 
Tel.: 0037 6735 7550

Emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHG) e.g., CO2 and related global warming is generally considered to be the greatest global environmental problem. In order to achieve the GHG emission reduction targets for Europe set by the Kyoto Protocol, the Directive (2003/87/EC) on greenhouse gas emissions trading has been adopted. European Union has defined emissions trading among its highest priorities. It is an economic incentive for environmental protection to reduce GHG emissions in an economically efficient manner. At the same time it is a new and challenging issue both for competent authorities and industry – producers of energy and other industrial sectors. Emissions trading shall start already from 2005. Currently there are still many open questions and uncertainties related to e.g., monitoring, reporting, verification and potential markets until the scheme will start working in practice. In order to support the process, BEF is organising workshops and meetings for the stakeholders concerned to raise their awareness and knowledge about the emissions trading scheme and practical implementation of the requirements.

Pollution and management of chemicals

Innovative management solutions for minimizing emissions of hazardous substances from urban areas in the Baltic Sea Region (NonHazCity)
03/2016 - 02/2019

Baltic pilot cases on reduction of emissions by substitution of hazardous chemicals and resource efficiency (LIFE Fit for REACH)
10/2015 – 03/2020

Baltic Info Campaign on Hazardous Substances (BaltInfoHaz)
10/2011-03/2014

Control of hazardous substances in the Baltic Sea region (COHIBA)
01/2009-04/2012

Baltic Actions for Reduction of Pollution of the Baltic Sea from Priority Hazardous Substances (BaltActHaz)
01/2009-06/2011

Capacity-building in North West Russia on hazardous substance management (CapChemRU)
10/2008-06/2010

Consumers information on more health friendly choice of daily goods
11/2007-01/2009

Building capacity of Russian and Baltic NGOs on consumers’ education
04/2007-03/2008

Raising awareness of Baltic SMEs along the supply chain as a tool to improve environmental performance and competitiveness in furniture industry sector
2005-2006

Raising awareness of Baltic SMEs along the supply chain as a tool to improve environmental performance and competitiveness in metal processing sector
2005-2006

Raising awareness and cooperation of small and medium size printing houses for implementation of EU environmental legislation and promotion of economic development of printing industry in the Baltic States
2005-2006

Communication about REACH to wide range of stakeholders in the Baltic States
12/2005-11/2006

Awareness raising and capacity building on chemicals control in NW Russia: introductory (BACCON RUS)
10/2004-10/2005

HELCOM data collection strategy for hazardous substances
03/2004-11/2005

Valters Toropovs

Environmental expert/ project manager
valters.toropovs[at]bef[dot]lv 
Tel. 00371 6735 7546

Chemicals are all around us, from natural chemicals in food to industrially produced ones, distributed by trade and by long-range transport of pollutants, found in working surrounding, environment and consumers’ products. They may ease our everyday life but at the same time cause allergies, cancer, effects on the reproduction or chronic toxic effects. Therefore the management of chemicals risks is one of the high priority issues on European and international levels. A large number of European directives as well as international agreements are available as tools for the reduction of risks posed by chemicals. This is inevitable a complex area demanding great resources as well as very good cooperation from public institutions and industry. All three Baltic States have transposed the existing requirements of the European Chemicals and chemicals-related legislation into national legislation. However besides the ensuring an adequate and efficient legislation on chemicals control, the main and even greater challenge for countries is to develop the capability and the capacity of the enterprises to take their responsibility according the legislation. Especially when a new chemicals policy has been launched in EU (called REACH – Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), which would furthermore give greater responsibility to industry and reverse the burden of proof from public authorities to industry for ensuring the safety of chemicals on the market. Therefore continuous awareness and knowledge raising, know-how exchange, capacity building and strengthening of dialogue and cooperation of state authorities, industry, trade and consumers in a field of chemicals risk management through the workshops, specific meetings, trainings is one of the priority issues within the BEF.

Water and water management

Protecting the ocean:our collective responsibility, our common interest. Supporting the development of cost-effective ocean literacy in Europe (ResponSeable)
04/2015-04/2019

Mediating integrated actions for sustainable ecosystem services in a changing climate (MIRACLE)
04/2015-03/2018

Natural Water Retention Measures
09/2013-10/2014

Multi-level Governance in Maritime Spatial Planning throughout the Baltic Sea Region (PartiSEApate)
09/2012-09/2014

Strengthening NGO cooperation for better water management
08/2011-05/2012

Towards joint management of the transboundary Gauja/Koiva river basin district (Gauja/Koiva)
07/2011-12/2013

Joint management measures for waters in the Lielupe river basin border region (GrandeRio)
01/2011-09/2012

Water quality improvement measures within cross-border Lielupe river basin management
09/2009-12/2010

How to achieve sustainable water ecosystems management connecting research, people and policy makers in Europe (AWARE)
06/2009-12/2011

Development of Maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea (BaltSeaPlan)
01/2009-01/2012

Water Scenarios for Europe and for Neighboring States (SCENES)
11/2006-04/2011

Cross-border cooperation on integrated nature and water resource management between Bauska and Biržai districts (INAWARE)
03/2006-12/2007

Transnational River Basin Districts on the Eastern Side of the Baltic Sea Network (TRABANT)
07/2005-12/2007

Stakeholders’ awareness raising on hazardous substances in the transboundary river basin Lielupe
02/2005-12/2005

Involvement of NGOs in water management
10/2004-07/2005

 

Kristīna Veidemane

Environmental expert/ project manager
kristina.veidemane[at]bef[dot]lv 
Tel. 00371 6735 7551

Since the adoption of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) in 2000, water management issues have been given an increasing attention at the BEF. The implementation schedule of the WFD has had a strong influence on the BEF programme. Additionally, the fact that the Baltic States are defined by the directive as one eco-region and that they share river basins has been the driving force behind co-operation and information exchange among the countries. Consequently, many expert groups have been established to cover issues such as characterization and classification of rivers and lakes, intercalibration sites for EU network, economic analyses of water resources, assignment of International River Basin Districts and monitoring of water quality. As most of the rivers in the Baltics are transboundary, the assignment of the River Basin Districts is a complicated task. This means that the countries have to ensure full effort co-ordination throughout the whole basin and produce co-ordinated programmes of measures and management plans. Several meetings to facilitate this co-operation between Estonia and Latvia as well as Latvia and Lithuania have been conducted. They resulted in bilateral agreements on co-operation on transboundary rivers between those countries. The three environmental ministers signed corresponding agreements in October 2003. The BEF has assisted in arranging and facilitating the first working group meetings held in the frame of the bilateral agreements.

Waste management

Ingrīda Brēmere

Environmental expert/ project manager
ingrida.bremere[at]bef[dot]lv 
Tel.: 00371 6735 7561

Since the very beginning, waste and hazardous waste were the key topics for many events. The BEF has followed the work of the Ministries of Environment of the three Baltic States, which started from zero: building up a legislative framework for waste handling, creating institutions and defining responsibilities, developing waste management strategies, setting targets for single waste streams and, at the same time, defining measures for the continuous improvement of the system. Since signing the Basel Convention, issues of transboundary hazardous waste shipments have been discussed regularly. In co-operation with the Secretariat of the Convention, several events including training for the state authorities have been organised just for the Baltic States. The main goal has been to provide tools and knowledge on how to supervise hazardous waste transport in the region. Due to involvement of many actors as well as the complexity of waste streams, the waste sector is highly complicated. Besides, by opening local markets to western consumer goods, totally new waste streams have been created in the Baltic States. For those no management experience existed (e.g., packaging, end-of-life vehicles or electronic scrap). Furthermore, a new waste management system had to be organised, and large-scale investments were required to upgrade or build environmentally sound landfills. Last but not least, availability of reliable data on the composition of waste streams and their generation rates is a challenge that not only the new EU Member States are faced with. 

 

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