International Conference of the Task Force Group 8-9.12.2022

We are preparing the next stage of the Task Force Group, as part of the Sztum Circular Economy project. On December 8 and 9, we are organizing an international conference for domestic and foreign specialists from the Baltic Sea countries, which will be held in Olsztyn at the Omega Hotel. The conference aims to strengthen the process of internationalization of activities and cross-sectoral dialogue in the area of the Baltic Sea in the field of the circular economy. It will also be an opportunity to establish new international contacts in the field of ecology and green and blue activities.

The registration link can be found below, and those who want to stay for two days of the event, please contact us to arrange accommodation.

Registration: https://forms.gle/YmqBig6wpu6VjBubA

Below is the agenda of the event.

Diagnostic meetings in municipalities - Green UP Braniewo 22.11.2022

The first diagnostic meeting in Braniewo, which was opened by the Mayor of the city, Mr. Tomasz Sielicki, is behind us. The meeting was also attended by employees of the City Hall dealing with investments and issues related to ecology in the city, as well as young people with teachers.

The diagnostic meeting was conducted by the project leader, the Association for the Development of Cooperative and Local Entrepreneurship WAMA-COOP, who also presented the assumptions of the project and current activities. The Elbląg Technology Park and the Association of Polish Communities Euroregion Baltic as partners of the project presented their organizations and activities that they will implement.

The aim of the meeting was to get to know the resources of the City of Braniewo and to create a SWOT analysis in terms of environmental resources. The workshop part was conducted by Mrs. Gabriela Klimowicz from the Drzewice Forest Education Foundation from Olsztyn. Definitely, the participants mentioned more Strengths and Opportunities that the city has in terms of environmental resources. However, the participants also mentioned several Weaknesses and Threats that need to be worked on. Among other things, we learned that the city has beautiful green areas, is located on the Pasłęka River and on the Vistula Lagoon. Young people in ZHP and members of the beekeeping group for pro-environmental activities are active there. The city, on the other hand, must work on developing the inhabitants' awareness of respect for the common good.

Activity implemented as part of the Green UP 2022-2024 project, financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway from the EEA and Norwegian Funds under the Active Citizens - Regional Fund Programme.

The ENGAGE! project helps the internationalisation processes of organisations

An intensive 2 months of supporting various actors in building international partnerships are behind us. The deadline for submitting projects within the Interreg South Baltic Seed Money programme ended yesterday. This is a competition that allows you to win seed funding of €40,000 to develop cooperation with foreign partners in the South Baltic area.

Organisations that approached us as part of the International Cooperation Advice Bureau operating under the ENGAGE project received comprehensive support. A thorough project analysis took place, we verified needs, defined the profile of foreign partners and proceeded to build. That, in a nutshell, was the work of developing seed project proposals.

In the end, 6 applications were submitted and in each there is a present organisation working with the advice bureau and these are:

- Stowarzyszenie Inicjatywa Miasto is present in 3 projects of different themes

- Stowarzyszenie na Rzecz Rozwoju Spółdzielczości i Przedsiębiorczości Lokalnej WAMA-COOP

- Centrum Spotkań Europejskich Światowid

- Stowarzyszenie Media Dizajn is present in 2 projects of different themes

- Stowarzyszenie gmin "Polskie zamki gotyckie"

- Niepubliczna Placówka Oświatowo-Wychowawcza Akademia Sportów Wodnych "Grupa" Marcin Trudnowski

The results of the call will be known in February 2023.

We wish all the beneficieries of the ENGAGE! project to receive funding and implement their projects!

Task Force Group - Sztum Circular Economy 14.11.2022

We would like to thank all the participants of the conference initiating the operation of the Task Force Working Group for their participation and involvement in both the part of inspirational presentations, the discussion panel and the working group workshops. During the meeting, new ideas for initiatives were born that could be developed and implemented by working groups.
The meeting began with the welcome of the guests by the Project Leader, the Mayor of the City and Commune of Sztum, Mr. Leszek Tabor, and the representative of the City of Elbląg, Mr. Adam Jocz. In order to introduce the subject of the project, the representative of the project leader, Mrs. Ewa Ruczyńska, presented the project's activities, both those that have already taken place and those that are planned. The Director of the Association, Marcin Żuchowski, as the partner responsible for the activities related to the creation of the Task Force, presented the plan and assumptions of the action.

Participants of the event had the opportunity to listen to inspirational presentations presented by specialists on various topics related to:

The next part of the meeting concerned the discussion panel, which was attended by representatives of the Marshal's Offices from the Warmian-Masurian and Pomeranian Voivodships, scientific representatives from the Gdańsk University of Technology and the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences and a partner from Norway (International Development Norway).

The last part of the conference was devoted to a workshop, where the participants, divided into groups, talked about problematic topics in their regions / organizations and how they can be counteracted. Two task forces were created on Energy and Water, Waste and Production)

During the meeting, new ideas for initiatives were born that could be developed and implemented by working groups.

Activity implemented as part of the project "Sztum Circular Economy - A response to contemporary climate challenges". The project is co-financed under the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 under the "Environment, Energy, Climate Change" Program and from the state budget.

The second workshop of the Think Global, Act Local project - Greece

A delegation consisting of representatives of the Association's member municipalities: City of Puck, Town and Municipality of Tolkmicko and Municipality of Górowo Iławeckie visited the Partner in Greece, Municipality of Agii Anargiri Kamaterow as part of the Think Global, Act Local project, where the second workshop devoted to the preparation of a survey on the involvement of residents in local activities was held. The event was combined with a study visit and workshop, took place on 8-9.11.2022. There was attended representatives from local government officials and NGOs from Greece, Spain, Romania, Italy and Poland.

As part of the event, participants had the opportunity to participate in study visits to the Recycling and Environmental Awareness Park, a Primary School, a Municipal Gym and a sports hall where wheelchair basketball training took place. Participants learnt about some good practices, which inspired them and gave them the opportunity to reflect on the similarities as well as the differences in each country.

In addition, there were talks and discussions about partnerships and cooperation for the benefit of their local municipalities. For the participants, mainly local government officials, democracy was an interesting topic because of the place where it started. The mayor of AAK, Stavros Tsirbas, invited the members of the Association to cooperate together.

The workshop summarised the work carried out at the first workshop in Poland, where a pool of questions and a preliminary concept of how the survey should look like were prepared. Work then began on refining and finalising the questionnaire so that it can be used by cities and municipalities to collect information from residents on the basis of which cooperation between authorities and officials and residents will be adjusted.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY TASK FORCE - start 14.11.2022, Elbląg

One of the most important events of the "Sztum Circular Economy" project will take place in Elblag on November 14 - the establishment of a Task Force for Climate Change Mitigation and the development of green and blue initiatives in northern Poland, the so-called "Circular Economy Task Force." Established at the Association of Polish Municipalities Euroregion Baltic, the group of experts and specialists will be supported by: Gdańsk University of Technology, International Development Norway, the City and Municipality of Sztum and the Elblag Technology Park.

The event, initiated and coordinated by our Association, is an activity aimed not only at activating local governments of the Warmian-Masurian and Pomeranian Voivodeships, bringing together local experts and specialists, but also at creating an open platform for the development of new initiatives and exchange of good practices as a response to contemporary climate challenges.

We encourage you to save the date of 14.11.2022 today and participate in this important meeting for the future of blue and green growth of our regions and local communities to inaugurate this initiative, which is interdisciplinary in nature and is expected to contribute to a comprehensive approach aimed at solving common challenges.

Meeting place: ELBLĄG, Stary Rynek 25 Street, STAROMIEJSKI OLD TOWN HALL

Meeting time: November 14th (Monday) - start 9:30 am - 4:40 pm CET

Participation: Open admission - pre-registration required REGISTRATION LINK

We count on the most active participation in this platform of cooperation of all those interested in the development of interdisciplinary cooperation and the emergence of new initiatives combining the sphere of "soft" activities: education, information, activation with "hard" activities: infrastructure, pilot and demonstration activities.

The conference is:

Our efforts are made possible by the opportunities guaranteed by the project "Sztum Circular Economy - a response to today's climate challenges (SCE) implemented under the funds of the EEA Financial Mechanism (Environment, Energy and Climate Change Program and funds of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2014-2021) , which will enable us to develop this initiative and involve Norwegian partners!

SŁÓW KILKA O CIRCULAR ECONOMY TASK FORCE

OBJECTIVES OF THE GROUP: is primarily the development and support of local and regional initiatives aimed at mitigating and counteracting the negative effects of climate change, as well as the exchange of good practices on green and blue initiatives. The Working Group is not only a meeting of experts, but above all work through workshops, panel discussions, support events, which as a consequence are expected to lead to the development and implementation of specific projects beneficial to the society of the regions of northern Poland."

FORM OF OPERATION: Informal networking operating on the basis of dedicated events - physical and online meetings (at least two per year), with an open and cost-free character

TIME FRAMEWORK: JUNE 2022 - MARCH 2024, later a decision on possible extension of the group's activities.

FINANCING: During the period of implementation of the SCE project from the budget of the partner of the Association of Municipalities of the Republic of Poland Euroregion Baltic (funds secured - funding level of 80%), after the end of the project from the Association's own sources and funds raised from new initiatives produced.

We invite you to participate in this event:

The participants themselves will create tasks and further decide the future of the Group! Every vote, every opinion will be important to us!

The event directly supports the implementation of the activities of the Shtum Circular Economy (SCE) project in terms of activities:

We will invite foreign partners to the next stages of work as early as December 8, 2022, and they will be:

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