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On the 28th-30th of October, CSHIPP took part in Forum Strategov – XVIII Annual Strategic Planning Leaders Forum of the Regions and Cities of Russia – which is one of the biggest annual strategic planning policy events in Russia. The Forum brought together over 1000 participants from Russia and abroad to discuss issues such as national goals and territorial impacts, new approaches in public administration systems, and the importance of the coordination among national goals and regional strategic planning.

CSHIPP was included and presented in two Forum sessions: The Baltic Sea Region – Russia-EU Transnational Cooperation Results and Perspectives and Strategies and Best Cluster Practices for Transition to a Circular Economy for Sustainable Urban DevelopmentThe first session focused on achievements in creating balanced partnerships in the Baltic Sea region to tackle challenges beyond national borders. In addition to CSHIPP, over 40 projects with more than 500 partner organisations were presented during the session to illustrate how projects and their partner organisations can support  territorial development, solve shared challenges and build trust while developing joint solutions in the Baltic Sea region.

The second session discussed the challenges of circular economy as well as the best practices and ongoing international cooperation in projects that strive to promote the principles of circular economy. The discussion focused on topics such as the ways to attract investment in green infrastructure and cleantech cluster projects (renewable energy, clean water, clean air, green transportation, organic farming, and food production), the ways international cleantech cluster projects can influence the implementation of national projects, and the benefits Russia can get from international cooperation projects with the countries in the Baltic Sea Region, Northern Europe and the EU.

In addition to the two Forum sessions, CSHIPP took part in a back-to-back matchmaking session organised by the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), Centrum Balticum Foundation, Leontief Centre and the Swedish Institute. The aim of the session was to facilitate the exchange of information and contacts between Russian and European actors to promote further cooperation possibilities. During the match-making session, the participants discussed and worked together in groups to develop cooperation possibilities either in existing cooperation platforms or in completely new ones. The discussions focused on issues such as who should be involved in a particular cooperation, and how to fund it to make it as efficient as possible.

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