Baltic Leadership Programme on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Extension

Do you work with the highly dangerous chemicals per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)? Are you from the Baltic Sea region? Do you want to be part of a newly-formed network taking concrete action to phase out PFAS in the Baltic Sea region?

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The Baltic Leadership Programme on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances Extension (BLP PFAS Extension) is a continuation of the previous Baltic Leadership Programme on PFAS implemented during the autumn and winter of 2019/2020. BLP PFAS Extension continues with such themes as mapping, monitoring, remediation and communication about PFAS. The programme consists of a webinar series (3 webinars) followed by a final module.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are highly polluting chemicals which threaten our environment and our ecosystemThey are a group of thousands of industrially produced, highly fluorinated chemicals used in many products from firefighting foams to impregnating agents (e.g. for water-proofing, packaging) and ski waxes. Our understanding of the origins, pathways, accumulation and impacts of PFAS around the Baltic Sea region is generally poor. The ways in which PFAS are measured vary greatly, which makes them difficult to compare.

BLP PFAS Extension is for experts working with PFAS-related issues from the perspectives of policy making, regulation, mapping, monitoring and remediation.

In this programme:

  • You will learn how to establish strategies for dealing with large and varied amounts of PFAS.
  • You will learn about the ongoing policy development both at EU level and at Baltic Sea regional level, as well as how national networks operate.
  • You will receive training in strategic communication. You will learn different strategies and tools for communicating PFAS to relevant stakeholders and how to develop a joint communication package.
  • Working in small groups you will develop thematic concepts for transnational cooperation.

The programme is commissioned by the Swedish Institute in close cooperation with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in its capacity as Policy Area Coordinator Hazards of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The programme will give you:

  • Training in strategic communication about PFAS.
  • Increased knowledge about PFAS.
  • Strengthened capacities and a better understanding of ongoing policy processes.
  • Shared experiences about how to develop a national network as well as the roles and responsibilities associated with such a network.
  • Membership of a growing international network for dealing with PFAS.

How can I apply?

Please register your interest in participating by contacting:
Ms Cecilia Jörgensen at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

or Mr Gabor Schneider, at the Swedish Institute

Please note that applications will close on 20 May 2020.

Programme timeline

The BLP PFAS Extension consists of 3 digital webinars and 1 final module.

Webinar 1: Strategies for grouping PFAS (9 June, 13-15 CEST)

Webinar 2: Policy developments regarding PFAS & national networks (30 June, 13‒15 CEST)

Webinar 3: Strategic communication about PFAS (What – Who – How? 8 September, 13‒15 CEST)

Final module: Network & project design (11‒13 November in Vilnius)

Costs covered and arranged by Swedish Institute

  • All costs of the modules, i.e. training course, coaching and learning tools, are included.
  • Accommodation and food during the programme.

Costs covered and arranged by you

  • Participants are expected to cover their own travel expenses to Vilnius.