The BELUGA project addresses the link between sustainable city development and environmental health in the Baltic Sea region.

It is said that by 2050, two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Hence, it is crucial to keep up with urbanization in a sustainable way. Research shows that living in cities causes health problems due to air pollution and noise. The BELUGA project wants to collect more knowledge on sustainable city development and its links to health.

The project is an expansion of an existing network that works with promotion of sustainable city development in the Baltic Sea region. Universities in Sweden, Ukraine and Belarus are already part of the network, which will be expanded to include universities in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The network will arrange workshops and conferences to share knowledge on sustainable city development and environmental health. The results will be better knowledge in environmental epidemiology and new insights in sustainable city development. The project also aims to establish contacts with experts and local politicians to promote sustainable city development.