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St. Petersburg Initiative (SPbI)
by Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation (Government)
SPbI is a ppp which is aimed at strengthening the existing multilateral cooperation mechanisms in the area of environmental protection. It is established to unite representatives of the state agencies, business circles and civil society, and to generate practical ideas and specific proposals.
Main goals of SPbI:

∙ Facilitating joint efforts of the States, business, scientific, financial community and NGOs to improve the environment of the Baltic Sea region
∙ Establishing of an efficient public-private partnerships platform in the Baltic Sea region
∙ Launching broad-ranging environmentally oriented projects
∙ Developing ppps in the Baltic Sea Region
∙ Initiating new projects on a wide range of areas of cooperation
∙ Facilitating ideas sharing and knowledge exchange
∙ Providing necessary institutional support in the framework of a stable and operational structure
Focus of the activities of SPbI is on:
∙ Green technologies
∙ Waste water treatment
∙ Waste management
∙ Environmental monitoring
∙ Environmental education and outreach
Council of partners - a key block of SPbI is not a fixed structure. Structurally SPbI consists of the Steering Committee, Council of Partners and Secretariat. There are 9 committees:
1) Environmental safety
2) Eutrophication
3) Biodiversity conservation
4) Maritime activities
5) Baltic Sea monitoring
6) International cooperation
7) Environmental education and outreach
8) PPP development and financing
9) Projects Committee (correspondence of project proposals to requirements of financial organizations and development banks)
Council of Partners is not a fixed structure and it is opened for interested participants: public organizations, business and financial community.
Priority areas for development:
Projects in the area of best available technologies (BAT)
Projects in the area of domestic waste treatment
Projects in the area of waste water treatment
Monitoring of the Baltic Sea
Projects in the area of energy and resource efficiency, energy saving
Environmental education and outreach
Green shipping
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Fertilizer use efficiency
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Cleaner production
  • Industrial effluent pre-treatment
January 2020
Initiation and implementation of projects
In-kind contribution
Conferences, seminars, round tables
Basic information
Time-frame: July 2017 - January 2020
UNIDO, UNEP, HELCOM, NEFCO, World Bank, NIB, IIB, Baltic Sea Action Group, Government of St.Petersburg, Vodokanal of St.Petersburg, etc
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Nuritdin Inamov, Director, Department of International Cooperation, inamov@mnr.gov.ru, 74997662672
Moscow, Russia
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