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Sustainable Baltic Region

A Sustainable Baltic Region

The course A Sustainable Baltic Region (7.5 ECTS) deals with sustainable use and management of natural resources, the long-term protection of our environment and the sustainable organizations of human societies from the level of households to those of municipalities, cities and countries. The course has been organized as ten "packages". There is an introductory part explaining the fundamental notions of sustainability and its historical background. Then follow four themes of more technical and natural science character. The second part consists of four themes of social science character and the course is finished by a topic of implementation and Agenda 21. Important issues are energy, material flows, economy and ethics, as well as industry, agriculture, transport, community development and Agenda 21 practices.

The course material consists of, ten 50 pages booklets, the TV series Mission Possible with over 80 individual reports and a database useful for student work. A computer conferencing system, First Class, is used for direct interaction between the students in different countries and locations throughout the region. The TV series of ten 45 min programs called Mission Possible was produced by a consortium of 17 public TV companies in ten countries in the region. The TV-production consists mostly of reports on cases of good practice. It shows how new models for sustainable management is developed in cities, at farms, in factories etc. in the countries in the region.

The TV series was broadcast to the universities over satellite during spring 1997. Whole or part of the productions have also been broadcast to the general public in e.g. Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland as well as a number of cable TV networks.


Aim of the course

The course intends to give an understanding of the reguirements for a sustainable developent. The course also shows examples on how new models of sustainable mangement are developed in households, farms, factories and cities.


Literature and course materials

The course material consists of 10 booklets (available in English, Latvian, Polish, and Russian).

  1. The road towards sustainability – a historical perspective
  2. Energy – from fossil fuels to sustainable energy resources
  3. Man and materials flows – towards sustainable materials management
  4. Food and fibres – sustainable agriculture, forestry and fishery
  5. Sustainable industrial production – waste minimization, cleaner technology and industrial ecology
  6. Towards sustainable mobility – transporting people and goods in the Baltic Region
  7. Community development – sustainable cities and habitation
  8. Ecological Economics – Markets, prices and budgets in a sustainable society
  9. The foundations of sustainable development – ethics, law, culture and the physical boundaries
  10. From intention to action – implementing sustainable development

A series of 10 films on A Sustainable Baltic Region, called Mission Possible.

From 2013 an updated and online version of the course material is available as
BUP Sustainable Development Course.

See also the BUP Online Publications.


Recommended Student Background

The course is directed to students with an interest in sustainable development in general and the Agenda21 process and practices in particular.

English is a prerequisite for students participating in common seminars.


Teaching materials

See the Teaching Materials section for teaching materials produced by the Baltic University Programme for this course package.

BUP National Language Publications

Download BUP publications in your language.

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