before European Parliament plenary vote on the European Maritime
and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
October 14-15, representatives from environmental NGOs, students
and a Swedish commercial fisherman met in Brussels to do lobby
work related to the European Parliament plenary vote on the
European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.
Ministerial Declaration 2013: Environmental ministers severely
delay deadlines to restore the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea Environmental Ministers signed a HELCOM Ministerial
Declaration, reviewing the progress on targets agreed in the
2007 HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The environmental NGOs, Coalition Clean Baltic, FISH and Oceana,
welcome the Ministers' agreement to continue to fully implement
the BSAP by 2021, but are concerned about the lack of action
and the many delayed deadlines.
commitments threaten the restoration of the Baltic Sea
Over thepast two days, government representatives met in Copenhague,
Denmark, to review progress against the targets in the HELCOM
Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP). Conservation NGOs, Coalition
Clean Baltic (CCB), FISH and Oceana are dissapointed by the
lack of action and the hesitation to recommit to targets and
review the deadlines.
views between governments put the future of the Baltic Sea in
Baltic Sea Environment Ministers will put pen to paper and sign
the review of the Baltic Sea Action Plan in less than a month.
Surprisingly, Sweden seems to be blocking any real progress,
changing positions on a number of key issues.
This week, representatives from the Baltic Sea countries met
in Copenhagen to review environmental targets for the Baltic
Sea. Sadly, marine conservation NGOs, including Oceana, FISH,
Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB), and the Swedish Society for Nature
Conservation, witnessed the squandering of a chance to reach
a strong agreement in time for the upcoming Ministerial meeting.
tomorrow the Helcom Heads on Delegation meeting is taking place
in Copenhaguen. This meeting gathers key actors of the Baltic
Sea Region and it aims to prepare the HELCOM Ministerial meeting
on 3 October.
in the discussion, Coalition Clean Baltic together with The
Fish Secretariat and Oceana sent a letter to the ministers of
the Baltic Sea region, asking them to secure the Baltic Sea
Action Plan (BSAP).
company CSC “Saerimner” trying to establish new large pig-farms
in Lithuania and get renewed permit, with help of false information
IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) permit was
renewed on the basis of false information about the distance
between the place of the construction and the local housing
areas. The company tried to avoid consultation with neighbouring
citizens, but a court of appeal stopped the permit.
salmon in Venta river , Latvia– a weak stock that need better
2/3 of all Baltic salmon river populations
are threatened. Venta river is one of the 10 wild salmon rivers
in Latvia. It is a weak salmon population that need much better
management to become stronger, but effective actions are missing
so far. A strong Venta salmon population can become an important
natural resource for recreational fisheries and tourism, and
for the local economy in the future.
Heads of Delegation Meeting, 17-18 June 2013, Helsinki, Finland.
Helcom Heads of Delegation meeting, preparing for the decisions
for Baltic Sea region environmnetal minsters in October, was
not very encouraging. Governments did not show strong interest
to fully implement the actions for Baltic Sea environment protection
that was decided on in 2007. Some countries rather seem to try
to get away from the concrete actions, time-lines etc.
One positive outcome of the Helcom meeting was to establish
a correspondence group, to go through the whole sections related
to fisheries management, and see the need for new ministerial
decisions to fully implement actions agreed upon in 2007. The
Swedish delegation made such proposal after some CCB-interventions,
that pointed out that present draft proposal for the ministerial
declaration would not secure the implementation of the fisheries
management actions from 2007.
To Save the Baltic Campaign 2013
with the NGOs FISH and
OCEANA with support from
Zennstrom Philantropies now launch a campaign targeting the
decision-makers in the Baltic Sea region. One of the campaign
aims is to gather public support for proper implementation of
the policies we already have.
message is: We have agreed on the targets. Now we call on you
to take action! We can't wait any longer; it is time to fulfill
the HELCOM commitments to restore the health of the Baltic Sea.
show our commitment, we will bike around the Baltic Sea this
summer, visiting 9 countries and riding around 3 500 km in 3
months. Collecting signatures from the public and relevant stakeholders,
we intend to hand over a letter to the Ministers of Environment
when they meet in Copenhagen on 3 October asking them to move
practical implementation Ecological Recycling Agriculture on
the Baltic Sea catchment area helps solve Europhication problem
is the single most important contributor to the eutrophication
of the Baltic Sea. It is responsible for 59% of the anthropogenic
nitrogen and 56% of the phosphorous emissions (HELCOM 2005).
The specialized agriculture with
its separation of crop and animal production results in a high
load of nitrogen and phosphorus to the Baltic Sea.
To Save The Baltic Seminar, in Stockholm, 28 June 2012
on Baltic Water Status and Fisheries Management was held in
Stockholm, Sweden on 28 July 2012. The seminar was hosted by
Zennström Philanthropies and Globe Sweden and organised in co-operation
with CCB, Oceana and the Fisheries Secretariat.
Development of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive
implementation of the MSFD is on-going. In July 2012, EU Member
States are supposed to present their plans with:
assessment of the marine environment and whether the "Good
environmental status" of its marine environment has been
indicators for the 11 marine descriptors.
at Risk and the Mediterranean Information Office have developed
a Handbook for NGOs on how to work with the MSFD. Factsheets
related to the various marine descriptors have been developed
jointly by several European environmental NGOs.
Baltic Forum for Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Manure
Management - project Baltic MANURE
Forum for Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Manure Management
is a flagship project under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea
Region. The Baltic MANURE project will focus on the link between
economic growth and environmental benefits to make rural areas
more prosperous through sustainable manure management.
directed towards the fishing sector is one of the key problem
areas regarding the overfishing and overcapacity in Europe's
fishing fleet. The European Fisheries Fund (EFF) was designed
to balance fishing activities at sustainable levels but it has
actually done the reverse. Ship owners have been able to get
subsidies to increase the capacity and fishing power of their
vessels, adding to fleet overcapacity. It is time to stop the
blind spending of taxpayers money!
is a member of the campaign organisation OCEAN2012 dedicated
to change the European fishing policy (CFP) to a greener and
truly sustainable policy.
the OCEAN2012 "End the blind spend" video below.
Seminar on the future of Baltic salmon management, 8-9 December
2011, Älvkarleby, Sweden
CCB salmon seminar held in Älvkarleby, Sweden, focused on the
EC Baltic Salmon Management Plan, important measures for salmon
river management and lessons learnt in efforts to restore salmon
rivers and reintroduce salmon.
statement regarding the European Commission proposal for a new
multi annual management plan for Baltic Salmon
CCB conclude that the proposal has several good components but
that amendments and clarifications are needed. It is important
to quickly find answers to why young salmon die, to learn more
about by-catch problems and to secure better knowledge about
the unknown removal of salmon in the Baltic sea for any management
plan to have a real effect.
residents who care about the town and the Gulf of Finland visited
the Friends of the Baltic information action witin the Oranienbaum
Marine Festival, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Lomonosov.
read the full article and read more CCB articles please go to
dams in salmon and sea-trout rivers in Belarus
dams prevent salmon from reaching their spawning areas and are
a main problem in most of the salmon and sea-trout rivers in
Belarus. Neman Environment Group in Belarus decided, in co-operation
with authorities, to remove beaver dams to increase the available
spawning habitat to adult salmonids. With help from volunteers
from the fishing club "Perekat" from Minsk, five actions
have been organised on the Tartak, Senkanka and Dudka rivers,
tributaries in the Nemunas/Neris river system.
response to the Consultation for the Impact Assessment on the
"Common Agricultural Policy Towards 2020"proposals
is very concerned that DG Agriculture does
not understand and identify the relation between intensive agriculture
practices that creates European-wide Eutrophication problems,
as an important topic to address for the reform of the CAP after
2013. One very important environmental impact of existing EU
agriculture subsidies is that the subsidies substantially contribute
to the eutrophication problem in Europe. This is the reason
why the relationship between agricultural subsidies and eutrophication
must be addressed in the CAP reform.
agricultural production in EU-countries create eutrophication
water pollution problems in freshwater rivers and lakes and
in sea areas. In the Baltic Sea 50 % of the nutrient pollution
load comes as nutrient run-off from the agriculture sector in
the Baltic catchment. This means that the Baltic Sea eutrophication
problem cannot be solved if the agriculture sector does not
make substantial reductions in its nutrient run-off. The CAP
needs to create effective economic instruments and incentives
to support such development.
against poachers: Sea trout have successfully spawned in the
river Tartak, Belarus
river Tartak is a small, shallow creek in the Vilia/Neman
river catchment, in Belarus. This autumn, 2010, more than 50
female sea trout have gone upstream the river, and most of them
spawned successfully. This is very unusual due to the fact that
poachers have usually taken almost all of the spawning sea trout
from the local rivers. Thanks to a volunteer river patrol, with
12 participants, brought together during the spawning season,
for the first time in many years the poachers did not show up
and the sea trout could survive.
Commissioner for Fisheries & Maritime Affairs, Maria Damanaki,
September 13, 2010, OCEAN2012, the pan-European campaign to
stop overfishing in Europe, handed over
28,500 signatures to European Fisheries and Maritime Affairs
Commissioner, Maria Damanaki, calling on her to prioritise the
health of the marine environment in the reform of the European
Union's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
group of eight people from OCEAN2012, including a representative
from CCB, also had a one hour meeting with the Commissioner
card campaign on the south shore of the Gulf of Finland
connection with the yearly Green World environmental biketrip,
from 26 July to 1 August 2010, CCB supported the post card campaign
with the message to stop poaching and save the population of
wild Baltic Salmon in Luga River, Russia.
first European Fish week took place from June 5-13 -
unique opportunity for everybody across Europe to play their
part in making this a truly fundamental reform of the Common
Fisheries Policy. OCEAN2012 organised events throughout Europe.
For further information see below.
proposals for HELCOM Moscow Ministerial Meeting, 18-20
participated at the HELCOM Moscow Ministerial Meeting, 18-20
National programmes for implementation of HELCOM Baltic Sea
Action Plan (BSAP), was discussed during the meeting. CCB has
presented proposals for the Russian National program for Implementation
of HELCOM BSAP.
shipyard planned in Gulf of Finland close to RAMSAR area
is planning for a new shipyard in Primorsk, Gulf of Finland.
The planned localization will be close to the Russian RAMSAR
site "Birch Islands", an area most important for bird
protection and bird migration (e.g. whopper swan). Important
local nature conservation and recreational values are also threatened
by the plans. CCB proposes, in a letter to the Russian Prime
Minister and Governor of Leningrad Oblast, to consider alternative
localization of the shipyard, to minimize the impact on international
and regional nature conservation values. For more info, see
CCB letter to Russian decision makers below.
cycle River Basin Management Plans under our control?
Community has faced the important challenges to recover the
good status of water bodies by 2015, as required by the Water
Framework Directive. Water in rivers, estuaries and coasts will
hopefully improve under measures set up in the River Basin Management
Plans (RBMP) drawn up for river basin districts across Europe.
the article by CCB Water Policy Officer Anna Smolka, on her
experience from the RBMP planning process.
Baltic Sea and Baltic Region The Baltic Sea is the
world’s second largest inland sea, with brackish water,
and a unique ecosystem. It is also one of the most polluted
seas in the world. The Baltic Sea is neither dead nor dying
– but it is in great trouble.
can help the Baltic Sea! The
future and recovery of the Baltic Sea depends on our lifestyles.
There are 85 million of us living around this unique sea. By working
together we can achieve a healthier, more dynamic sea. There is
a lot you can do to help the Baltic Sea! Read
Ecocentrum in St. Petersburg,
Russia has produced a booklet in
English on their activities The Ecocentrum is a partnership of
non-governmental organisations for promotion of sustainable
development through spreading knowledge and encouraging environmentally
friendly decisions and actions. More
to download Every year CCB produces and translates
information to increase knowledge and awareness of environmental
problems in the Baltic Sea region.
Note that you now can download
the Baltic Sea harbour porpoise brochure in German, Finnish,
Swedish, English and Polish as well as the book "Sustainable
sanitation in Central and Eastern Europe" in English, Bulgarian,
Hungarian, Latvian, Romanian, Russian, Slovak and Ukrainian.
Conservation Atlas of the Russian Part of Gulf of Finland This Nature Conservation Atlas is
produced by the Baltic Fund for Nature with support from among
others Coalition Clean Baltic.
Please have a look at it
jelly poses serious threat to Baltic Sea ecosystem
numbers of comb jellies (Mnemiopsis ledyi) have been detected
in parts of the Baltic Sea. It is feared that the invasive species
could have disastrous consequences for the entire ecosystem
in the Baltic.
to download Every year CCB
produces and translates information to increase knowledge and
awareness of environmental problems in the Baltic Sea region including
constructive measures to address those problems. Publications
education programme River Watch supported by CCB arrived in
Belarus in 2005 and captured the imagination of several schools
Palutskaya from Belarus writes about the implementation of the
River Watch programme in her country.
Political Meeting on Baltic Eutrophication and Agriculture
On 19-20 April 2007 a Meeting of High-Level Representatives
from Ministries of Agriculture and Environment of the Baltic
Sea Region countries (CBSS) will take place in Saltsjöbaden,
Sweden. The meeting title: Land and Sea: more cooperation, less
eutrophication, will discuss measures to reduce the heavy nutrient
load (50% of the total N&P- load to the Baltic Sea) from
the Baltic agricultural sector.
January 2007 the ASCOBANS Secreariat was merged with the Convention
of Migratory Species (CMS) Secretariat. The Executive Secretary
of CMS has now assumed the role of acting Executive Secretary
for ASCOBANS as well CMS website.
news from Scandinavia regarding the planned electricity cable The Swedish prime minister Fredrik
Reinfeldt was in the Parliament to inform about the EU-Russia
meeting in Finland and Per Bolund from the Green Party asked
him about the cable.
Nuclear Electricity import to Nordic market from dangerous Chernobyl
oppose the nuclear electricity import from Russian dangerous
Chernobyl type reactor to the Nordic countries, as lon as common
environmental standards are missing and urge the Finnish government
to stop the planned nuclear electricity cabel between Leningrad
nuclear power plant to the Nordic electricity market.
forces around the Baltic With
its 27 member organizations, and their half a million members
in all countries around the Baltic Sea, its drainage area approach
and its consistent work at the grassroots level, makes Coalition
Clean Baltic (CCB) unique organization. The primary goal of CCB
is to promote the protection and improvement of the environment
and natural resources of the Baltic Sea Area. About
Cod Fish stocks in European waters
are severely threatened, and some, such as Baltic and North Sea
cod, are threatened with extinction in the near future unless
strong protective measures are implemented. Priority
Activity Sustainable Fisheries
CCB is a network for cooperation and coordination
between environmental NGOs active in the Baltic Sea catchment area. About
Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania,
Poland, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine. Members