News from the HELCOM Expert Group on economic and social analyses

October, 2023.

Krist─źne Pakalniete (AKTiiVS) has been elected as the chairperson of the HELCOM Expert Group on economic and social analyses.

The overall aim of the HELCOM Expert Group on economic and social analyses (EG ESA) is to enhance regional cooperation on the economic and social analyses (ESA) related to the Baltic Sea marine environment. The expert group serves as a platform for discussion and information exchange on ongoing and planned ESA work throughout the region, and it acts to develop and agree on regional approaches for ESA. The work is set up to support both the regional and national ESA work to fulfil HELCOM and other commitments of the Contracting Parties.

The group consists of experts nominated by the HELCOM Contracting Parties. Krist─źne Pakalniete represents Latvia in this group and has been elected for chairing the group from October 2023.

The economic and social analysis is seen as a crucial tool for making informed decisions that protect and sustainably use the marine environment to secure the benefits for both society and environment.

The future work of the EG ESA will focus on developing and implementing the work plan for 2024-2025, which will support implementation of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) actions in relation to ESA. Read more about the EG ESA here and about the HELCOM BSAP here.

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