Consulting citizens for municipal green policies

Project period:
09.05.2022 - 06.05.2023
Project costs:
Council of the Baltic Sea States


Iveta KažokaSintija Tarasova


Iveta KažokaSintija Tarasova

Project's aim: to ensure further mainstreaming of sustainable development at all levels and in all policy sectors, integrating economic, social and environmental aspects and to promote sustainable and green technologies and initiatives in order to protect the ecosystem and biodiversity for municipalities in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

The project will consult citizens to inform green policies by municipalities in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Citizens will be consulted online on a dedicated platform and will focus on local and Baltic region-wide environmental issues and several tens of thousands of citizens will participate. Up to 75 questions will be consulted on out in up to 15 municipalities, followed by results being presented to the municipal decision-makers, and concluded by the closing events at the end of the project. The results will be presented to the municipal decision-makers and will receive media attention.


The results will include demographic analyses and cross-country comparisons, enabling conclusions on what green policies are supported most/least by which groups of society/in each geography. These findings will allow evidence-based policy analyses not only for the participating municipalities, but also on national and Baltic region levels, as well as enable NGOs to fine-tune their environmental programming. As such, the results are to inform not only municipal green policies enabling Batlic region’s green transition, but also NGOs and national decision-making.


The project will be also used as an experiment of such model of citizen and governmental engagement, and at the end of the project, recommendations for its continuation will be provided.


Three highly-regarded partners will execute the project: two think-tanks and a civic technology NGO, all of whom have excellent track records in regional/local policy, sustainability and civic engagement. The technology needed to consult citizens is already available at, but in- house engineering capacities allow for further feature development. The infrastructure and the team are ready to launch this project and for its outcomes to yield impact in summer 2023. The impact will extend beyond the participating stakeholders and CBSS’ programming to contributing towards UN SDG 16.


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