Chemicals are all around us, they may ease our everyday life but at the same time they have an impact on us. Therefore, management of chemical risks is one of the high priotity issues on European and international level, but also for Baltic Environemental Forum. This is inevitably complex field demanding great resources as well as very good cooperation between public institutions, industries, entreprises and consumers. Our aim is to raise awareness and knowledge, exchange know-how, build capacity and initiate a dialogue. Workshops, meetings and trainings contribute to our goal of minimizing environmental burden posed by chemicals and industrial pollutants.
Projects on nature conservation have a long tradition and are an important constituent of the work of the BEF Group since it was established. We have implemented very wide range of projects that are related with nature conservation and biodiversity, amongst others projects on boreal forests, protection of endangered species and protecting the Baltic Sea. A focus of our work is on aspects of nature conservation and society, as well as communication of nature conservation issues.
Our aim is to make Estonian cities more eco-friendly and to promote sustainable mobility as a way to reach that goal. Sustainable solutions in the field of transportation can only be found through good planning, durable adaption of individual mobility patterns and suitable economic and political instruments. Baltic Environmental Forum has so far helped to increase capacity in this field through different publications, seminars and trainings.
BEF Estonia is active in the fields of energy and climate change since 2003. In the past years we have predominantly carried out projects dealing with energy efficiency in the building sector. The building sector offers substantial saving potentials through better insulation, more efficient technologies and changed consumption behaviour of the inhabitants.
BEF has followed the work of the Ministries of Environment of the three Baltic States which started from zero: building up a legislative framework for waste handling, creating institutions and defining responsibilities, developing waste management strategies, setting targets for single waste streams and, at the same time, defining measures for the continuous improvement of the system.
Water and water management are traditional topics of the BEF Group, especially with regard to the water framework directive and river basin management aspects.