Tuesday, 06 July 2021 11:22

New Flagship leaders within PA Hazards!

Written by  Eva Iveroth, PA Coordinator 'Hazards'

The year 2021 has been an exciting for PA Hazards as we have welcomed one new flagship project and two new flagship leaders into our organization, writes PA Coordinator Eva Iveroth.

 

Platform to decrease the harmful and toxic PFAS pollution

In February 2021 the Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL AB) started the Baltic Sea PFAS Network, a platform that aims to connect a variety of stakeholders to decrease the harmful and often toxic PFAS pollution into the environment in the Baltic Sea region.

The Baltic Sea PFAS Network works with knowledge sharing, experience transfer and networking opportunities within the field of PFAS usage and management as well as removal techniques. The network aims to contribute to policy proposals, circulate information through regular meetings, newsletters and its website, organize workshops and conferences, and promote platform members’ activities and publications.

 

 

The Baltic Sea PFAS Network is a continuation of a Baltic Leadership program on PFAS (BLP PFAS) initiated and funded by PA Hazards and the Swedish Institute (SI). As PFAS has been a focus area for PA Hazards for several years we are excited to see IVL take on this ambitious and timely flagship project and we wish them the best of luck!

For more information on the PFAS Network, their upcoming activities and events visit their website or contact the platform leaders This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at IVL. The network is open to join for anyone interested in the field, no fee required. 

 

New leader for Baltic Sea Pharma platform 

Other exciting news is that the Finnish environment institute (SYKE) has taken over the leadership for the Baltic Sea Pharma platform (BSR Pharma). This flagship project aims at  reducing emissions of pharmaceuticals to the Baltic environment and brings together projects and stakeholders from the whole region to assist knowledge-sharing, increase effectiveness, streamlining of activities and support regional policy development on the topic.

The platform was developed within PA Hazards and we as PAC organization (The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency) have led the project since it was launched in 2017, however we are now thrilled that BSR Pharma has found a new home and we are confident that SYKE will be able to launch the full potential of the platform.

 

 

To reactivate the network and ensure the platform’s relevance SYKE has circulated a questionnaire to previous platform members, giving them an opportunity to influence the future of the platform. During the summer 2021 SYKE will launch a platform newsletter and later during the fall SYKE plans to arrange a seminar or workshop.

If you are interested in learning more about the platform please contact Lauri Äystö and Noora Perkola, who are leading the platform, through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A new BSR Pharma platform website is under development and will be officially launched in August, but if you are curious you can check out the raw version of the website here. The network is open to join for anyone interested in the field, no fee required.

 

I hope I will see many of you in some of these exciting PA hazards projects in the fall!

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