Baltic Sea Action Summit – true actions or empty words?
|Friday, 12. February 2010 0 comment(s)||
Researcher – PROBALT project
International Politics of Natural Resources and the Environment research programme
As the representative of IBM Larry Hirst stressed in his speech at the Action Summit that technology is not the problem anymore. Problems of protection work are in the lack of leadership and consensus building, but the Baltic Sea can not wait - we have to act today!
This is the strength of the private sectors’ entry. Contrary to the public sector, companies bring an action-oriented mentality into the protection practices. Successful business activities are based on cost-effective thinking, goal-oriented actions and clear timetables. This kind of a straightforward way of action is needed also in the protection of the Baltic Sea.
Still the commitments are not enough to save the Baltic Sea from dying. They are a good addition to the protection work, but what is eventually needed is a binding protection agreement. By bringing together influential group of leaders, the Action Summit managed to achieve widespread publicity. In the best case scenario this will generate political impetus and, eventually, true political commitments. In the worst case scenario these commitments made by the heads of states will turn out to be merely empty words.
However, there is
a chance that the Action Summit has managed to create something called Baltic Sea spirit. This spirit could bear fruit in
terms of new private commitments as well as political activity. As was
witnessed at the Summit
the commitment approach poses the question to stakeholders: why give the
competitor or the neighbouring state the chance to benefit solely from the new
opportunities and positive publicity?
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