Baltic Sea Project (BSP)

The Baltic Sea Project (BSP) is the biggest project of UNESCO ASPnet in Estonia. The project was initiated by the Finnish National Commission for UNESCO in 1989 and Estonia officially joined the project in 1992. BSP was the first sustained sub-regional UNESCO ASPnet endeavour to promote the protection of a major body of water and its resources, as well as inter-cultural learning and international understanding.

BSP is an international network of schools, engaging all the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. Today, around 200 schools are active in the BSP. BSP raises awareness on the environmental problems of the Baltic Sea and the links between man and nature, helps the teachers and students to notice the surrounding changes and the role of people in these changes, and leads young people to act responsibly. BSP contributes to sustainable development goals and is a fine example of education for sustainable development in practice.

The BSP national coordinator in Estonia is Ms. Maria Ivanova, (Tartu Environmental Education Centre). 

In 2019, BSP celebrated its 30th anniversary and for that occasion, Tartu Environmental Education Centre together with Environmental Education Association Etalon and with financial support from the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and the Estonian Environmental Investment Centre, published “The Best Practices Collection of the Baltic Sea Project 1989-2019”.