The Baltic Rim is recognised as leader in integrated treatment of environmental, social and economic problems of sustaitable development.
The conference aims to promote integration of the Baltic RTD community in the process by inviting distinguished researchers to Riga, Latvia:
-to discuss the global issues with certain focus on the Baltic Rim;
-to develop strategy elements towards sustainable development, especially for the Baltic countries as future EU members;
-to train the young researchers of the region;
-to initiate integration of young Baltic researchers in European networks targeted to sustainable development.
Integrative approaches towards sustainable development in practice concern discussions on Cleaner Production, Natural Step, Factor X, Zero Emissions, Industrial Ecology, Sustainable Technology Development, Ecological Footprint, Natural Capitalism in the scope of knowledge-society and democratic development as the basis for success. The aforementioned different approaches have many things in common when implementation under the real economic situation in various countries is concerned. Due to dynamics of economic, social and political changes, assets of renewable resources per capita, and environment not over-stressed yet with industrial activities, the Baltic countries have many options of successful strategies towards sustainable development.
The main objectives of the conference are:
1) to motivate Baltic researchers, politicians, and economists on targeting the aspects of strategy and action towards sustainable development;
2) to build a framework for updated and new links and partnerships of researchers/stakeholders of the Baltic countries, the Baltic Rim, and established researchers of Western Europe as a "critical mass" for joint research & implementation of actions for sustainable development of the region in future;
3) to encourage young scientists to take opportunities offered by the European Research Area, the EU Framework programme, and the challenge of integrated approach to a complexity of problems;
4) promotion of networks of excellence in the field;
5) starting a series of conferences on sustainable development.