Results

Plan4Blue - maritime spatial planning for future

The Plan4Blue project worked with Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), under which it produced four future scenarios to support planning and management activities.

These scenarios discuss:

  1. Marine energy
  2. The maritime cluster
  3. Blue bioeconomy & subsea resources and
  4. Maritime tourism.

Planning was improved in the Finnish Gulf area between Finland and Estonia. Also, Russia and Åland islands were included on an information exchange level.

Marine/coastal area with improved management

HPP - training future professionals in health promotion

An important issue related to sustainable development is holistic human health and wellbeing. In order for people to learn how to care for their health and wellbeing themselves, future professionals from different fields need to be trained in how holistic human health and wellbeing promotion.

Central Baltic HPP - Health Promotion Programme – a cross-border cooperation project between Helsinki-Uusimaa and Läänemaa region, tackled this challenge by:

Aligned vocational education and training programme

LiviHeri - experiencing cultural heritage in UNESCO World Heritage towns.

Preserving the spirit of a city whilst developing tourist attractions can be a challenge. Central Baltic project LiviHeri accepted it. As a result, the project established the following tourist attractions in the UNESCO World Heritage towns of Rauma (Finland), Visby (Sweden), Kuldiga and Aizpute (Latvia).

The tourist attractions the project developed are:

Joint tourist attraction

LightsOn! - historical sites as a joint attraction

The project LightsOn! combined eight historical sites in Finland and Estonia into a joint attraction. This was achieved through activities that included e.g. themed events with light installations, a mobile application and an entrepreneur training programme. The training resulted in better involvement of local communities whereas the events (16 in total) helped raise awareness about the sites and attracted new target groups. The events advanced marketing as well which was done under a single visual appearance as an event locations. 
 

Joint tourist attraction

MASAPO - Increased maritime safety in small ports

MASAPO raised maritime safety in coastal areas and small ports. The targeted areas include western Estonia and the Åland archipelago. Increased maritime safety was achieved through training and increased capacity of voluntary maritime rescue organisations. Additionally, infrastructure development took place and rescue equipment (rescue boats, personal safety equipment and so on) was purchased in selected small ports.
 

Improved small port

CROSS - minority integration in Finland and Estonia

Project CROSS focused on the integration of the Russian community in the Ida-Virumaa region in  Estonia and that of the Estonian community in the Helsinki region in Finland.
The project targeted unemployed members of these communities.

The project implemeted a mentor as well as a diversity management programme. Both programmes aimed at the integration of the target communities. Altogether the project involved 86 people including mentors and mentees.

 

Improved community

BLASTIC – Less marine litter through mapping and monitoring

BLASTIC developed new methodology and approaches to map sources, impacts and pathways of marine litter. Mapping approaches were combined with monitoring methods to produce the ‘BLASTIC riverine plastic litter monitoring method’ guidelines.
 
Additionally, BLASTIC also produced a list that identifies and prioritises measures to reduce litter streams from land to sea. The list helps municipalities to create local marine litter action plans. The guidelines and the list are accompanied by a socioeconomic report that looks at the impact of marine litter.
 

Reduction of nutrients, hazardous substances and toxins inflow into the Baltic

Baltic Urban Lab - Brownfield areas evolved

Baltic Urban Lab created and tested new integrated planning and partnership models that help turn brownfield areas into smart and sustainable city districts. Brownfields are abandoned or underused areas that have previously been used for example by industry or military.
 
One of the new ways for planning is the public-private-people partnership (4P) approach. 4P improves the inclusion of various public sector actors, private actors, residents, NGOs and of civil-society actors in the planning processes through improved dialogue and common understanding of goals.

Urban area covered with integrated urban management

PAD - improved access to labour market

The main goal of the project was to find solutions to reduce social exclusion and stigma of youngsters and young adults with mental health problems, in order to increase their access to the labour market.
 
PAD contributed to the understanding of existing problems from the perspective of different stakeholders such as employers, companies and enterprises, target group members and different service providers.
 

Improved community

DeDiWe - Curriculum to improve creation of eHealth services

The project DeDiWe created a 30 ECTS multi-professional curriculum “The Developer of Digital Health and Welfare Services”. The curriculum gives future professionals skills in developing improved eHealth services.
 
The study programme is based on the Learning by Developing model, where students, professionals and teachers learn together in working life. Competence level of the study programme is European Qualifications Framework (EQF) levels 5 and 6. Learning takes place mostly on an e-learning platform that is combined with cross-border cooperation. 

Aligned vocational education and training programme

FinEst Link - fixed connection from Helsinki to Tallinn

FinEst link investigated whether it’s realistic to build a fixed link (tunnel) over the Gulf of Finland between Helsinki and Tallin. Upon project completion, the following results were produced:

Reduced travel time of passengers

NutriTrade - Reduced nutrient load through cost-effective measures

NutriTrade reduced nutrient load to the Baltic Sea through cost-effective pilot measures. These included pilot projects, creating a crowdfunding platform for nutrient offset and policy analysis.

Pilot projects

Reduction of nutrients, hazardous substances and toxins inflow into the Baltic