Cooperation between Hamburg and Saint Petersburg in the field of environmental protection
Hamburg and Saint Petersburg are the oldest sister cities, and active cooperation between them in the field of environmental protection has become particularly intensive since 1993. Over more than 25 years of cooperation, the parties have organized a number of joint projects, events and meetings.
The Committee for Nature Use, Environmental Protection and Ecological Safety is the responsible executor of the Cooperation Program between the Government of Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation) and the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (Federal Republic of Germany) for 2017-2021: "Development of cooperation on environmental education of different age groups of the population, which involves informing the population about the state of the environment, including with the use of environmental monitoring data".
The Committee took part in the program of anniversary events dedicated to the 15th Week of Germany in Saint Petersburg, which was held in April 2018.
As part of the Week, a working meeting was held with a representative of the Department for Ecology and Energy of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, at which the possible development of cooperation between the Committee and the relevant organizations of Hamburg was discussed. The topics representing areas of potential cooperation such as environmental education and management of specially protected natural territories aroused mutual interest. Colleagues from Hamburg were invited to take part in the international events coordinated by the Committee, including the Clean Shore campaign, the Ecology of Big City and the Baltic Sea Day environmental forums.
In the framework of the Week of Germany in Saint Petersburg, a round table discussion was held in the library of the Goethe Institute, "Climate Change: Adaptation Strategies for Big Cities". Deputy Chairman of the Committee, I. A. Serebritsky presented the report "Action Plan for Saint Petersburg on the urban environment climate change adaptation measures", the parties exchanged information on the activities of the cities on adaptation to the effects of climate change and agreed on regular exchange of information on these issues in the framework of cooperation between the environmental agencies of Saint Petersburg and Hamburg.
On September 19, 2018, as part of the training of civil servants of the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg, the Committee met with representatives of the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg. The information on the structure and activities of the Committee was presented, and a visit was arranged to the Neva to introduce the visitors to the complex system of oil spill prevention and liquidation in Saint Petersburg represented by SUE PILARN. The activities of Saint Petersburg in the field of adaptation to the negative consequences of climate change and environmental education of the population aroused particular interest of the German colleagues.
The Committee presented information on plans for cooperation with German cities at the meeting of representatives of Saint Petersburg with the parliamentary group of Bundestag, which took place in October 2018 in Smolny. These proposals were included in the long-term program of cooperation between the Government of Saint Petersburg and Hamburg.
In April 2019, the Committee held a meeting with representatives of the Free and Hanseatic Сity of Hamburg, where they discussed issues of mutual interest related to environmental education of the population. The parties expressed interest in continuing cooperation and further exchange of information on the use of specially protected areas for environmental education of the population.
At the invitation of the Committee, Jurgen Forkel-Schubert, Advisor to the Minister for Environment and Energy of Hamburg, representative of Germany in the UNESCO working group on education for sustainable development, took part in the round table discussion "Environmental education and the formation of environmental culture of the population" held on the 8th June 2019 at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum and delivered a report "The Systematic Work of UNESCO: from Environmental Education to Education for Sustainable Development."
On June 14, 2019, the Committee held a meeting with representatives of Hamburg, where they discussed issues of mutual interest related to environmental education of the population. Jurgen Forkel-Schubert presented information about the project of the Ministry of Ecology and Energy on Promoting the Use of Reusable Coffee Cups. He spoke about the stages of implementation of the project in Hamburg, about the difficulties encountered in the process. He also provided information on the "Green Procurement Guidelines", which provide recommendations and prohibitions for the procurement of various groups of goods by the Hamburg authorities according to the principle of environmental safety. Information was provided on the experience of Hamburg in the field of creating Climate Schools, including the experience of implementing the Hamburg Scales in the Climate System, and the development of methods for training educators and teaching in schools.
Following the meeting, the parties expressed interest in continuing cooperation and further exchange of information on environmental education projects. In order to continue the discussion of a possible joint environmental and educational project on sustainable development, the closed-cycle economy, energy efficiency and energy saving, and adaptation to climate change, in the framework of the upcoming "Week of Germany in Saint Petersburg" in 2020, the German side will hold a meeting on one of the days to discuss the interaction between climate and education.
Cooperation with the German partners continues in the regular course of business.