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The second meeting of the Working Group on Sustainable Tourism of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference

On 20-21 March 2016 in Helsinki (Finland), the second meeting of the Working Group (WG) on Sustainable Tourism of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference was held.

Participants of the WG discussed economic, ecological, social and cultural aspects related to sustainable tourism. The topic of the meeting was Cruise Ship Waste Water treatment in the Baltic Sea Regions.

During the meeting Ms Kari Noroviita, Director of the Passenger Harbours of the Port of Helsinki introduced with the best practices of the Port of Helsinki. Ms Nina Vesterinen, Senior Specialist of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and Economy provided expert presentation on Finnish strategies and experiences on sustainable tourism. Ms Raija Ruusunen, Project Manager of Karelia University of Applied Sciences provided expert presentation on Cycling Tourism in Europe - case of Iron Curtain Trail.

The primary outcome of the activities of the WG will form the basis for the political recommendations that the WG is expected to present at the 25th and 26th BSPC.

Sustainable tourism is one of BSPC priorities for 2015-2016. The idea to launch the WG on Sustainable Tourism was discussed during the meeting of the BSPC Standing Committee on 29 May 2015. During the 24th BSPC, the proposal to launch the WG was adopted according to para 56 of the BSPC Resolution (more information on www.bspc.net).

The first meeting of the WG was held on 12-13 November 2015 in Rostock (Germany).

Delegation of the Baltic Assembly will be represented by Mr Veiko Spolītis (Latvia), Mr Andre Sepp (Estonia) and Mr Linas Balsys (Lithuania).

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by the Secretariat of the Baltic Assembly