The BSPC Working Group on Climate Change and Biodiversity (CCB) adopted on 4 October 2021 an intergovernmental survey to inquire the Baltic Sea region governments about their efforts and plans regarding climate change and biodiversity. In the meantime – mostly during the spring 2022 -, 11 governments have sent their statements and answers to their respective parliaments.
The detailed questions concern general information on the measures and strategies on climate change and biodiversity in the BSPC member states and regions, the legal basis of the measures and strategies in the BSPC member states, specific areas and aspects such as maritime areas and protected zones, eutrophication, sea-dumped munitions, efforts towards zero pollution, the economy, innovation, international cooperation, adaptation and the involvement of citizens and stakeholders.
The answers provide a deep and unique parallel insight into the relevant activities of the governments in the Baltic Sea Region.
The Working Group is considering updating the positions on the strategies and approaches since numerous energy policy measures are being initiated in the member countries because of the Ukraine war, also affecting the respective climate policy strategies.
Therefore, it is important to explore: To what extent do the war in Ukraine and related changes in political priorities have an impact on climate policy goals and their implementation?
It is envisaged that governments comment on this as part of their statements on this year’s BSPC resolution.
The compilation will be updated as soon as further statements are received.
You can download the current statements of the governments here.