Research in the Baltic University Programme Network
"Borders can be drawn on a map, but waves, currents and sea creatures go where they please. The marine environment is oblivious to territorial waters, so its protection and sustainable development will always require international co-operation"
European Commission on sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region
The Baltic Sea Region has been one of the global forerunners in setting sustainable development on the agenda and taking action. Consequently, progress towards sustainable development has been achieved on many important issues. At the same time, the overall state and development of the region are still far from sustainable - there are still several challanges to be addressed.
As these challenges have a cross-border character, the solutions need also be based on on cross-border cooperation between all relevant stakeholders. Closer cooperation is needed in different fields of interconnected areas, such as energy, logistics, environment, spatial planning, social and economic development, transport etc.
The Baltic Sea region needs decisive action based on solid scientific knowledge. The Baltic University Programme brings scientists from this region together to share findings and knowledge. The network focuses on questions of sustainable development, environmental protection, and democracy in the Baltic Sea region. The aim is to support the key role that universities play in a democratic, peaceful and sustainable development. This can be achieved by cooperating in cross-border projects together with authorities, municipalities and others.
Within the geographical area of the Baltic Sea Region several projects focusing on sustainable development are carried out - see examples below: