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Baltic Leadership Programme on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (BLP PFAS) is a specially designed leadership programme for public professionals and experts working with environment protection, hazardous chemicals and water issues. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are highly polluting chemicals which threaten our environment and our ecosystem. They 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) to ski waxes. Knowledge and data as to origins, pathways, accumulation and impacts of PFAS around the Baltic Sea region is variable, often sparse, and mostly incomparable.

In BLP PFAS you will learn what PFAS are, why they are dangerous to the environment and what we can do together to prevent them from spreading. You as a leader and change maker in your country will learn how to spread the knowledge and to cooperate and to share experiences internationally in the Baltic Sea region.

In BLP PFAS we will elaborate together a transnational approach for phasing out PFAS in the Baltic Sea region. Actions, tools and methods for implementing such a phase out will be presented and developed.

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:

  • A training package for PFAS awareness raising and capacity building.
  • Increased knowledge of PFAS (areas, accumulation and impacts in the Baltic Sea region).
  • Strengthened capacities for involving and communicating with multiple stakeholders.
  • A broad international network and a transnational approach for handling PFAS.

How can I apply?
Participants are nominated. In case of interest, please contact Ms Cecilia Jörgensen at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, email: or Mr Gabor Schneider, at the Swedish Institute, email:

Please note that the nomination procedure will be finalized beginning of October 2019.

Programme timeline
The programme consists of 2 digital meetings and 2 physical modules implemented during the autumn of 2019 and winter of 2020.

Digital kick-off – Purpose & needs on 17 October 2019
Module 1 – Awareness & capacity in Stockholm on 20-22 November 2019
Webinar – Challenges & opportunities on 17 December 2019
Module 2 – Designing a transnational approach in Warsaw on 15-17 January 2020

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 Stockholm and to Warsaw.