CCB was established in Helsinki, in February 1990 when environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGO’s) from the countries of the Baltic Sea Region became united to co-operate in activities concerning the Baltic Sea environment. CCB is a politically independent, non-profit association and at present, is a network of 21 organizations from Belarus, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Ukraine and Sweden. Combined, the CCB member organizations have over 800 000 members in all countries surrounding the Baltic Sea.

Goal and Objectives

The main goal of CCB is to promote the protection and improvement of the environment and natural resources of the Baltic Sea Area.

Common objectives for the CCB network include seeking opportunities to encourage new and constructive approaches and engaging people to become part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Being an international network organization, CCB has the advantage of being able to work both at the international and national policy levels as well as with concrete field projects.

Four ways to reach our goal

CCB aims to reach its goal in the following ways:

  1. Lobbying
  2. Information, environmental education and other activities
  3. Concrete co-operation projects in the field
  4. Support to member organizations.

Lobbying

CCB creates international public opinion about issues regarding the Baltic Sea both within and outside the region.

CCB participates as a joint lobby organization for the member organizations with respect to intergovernmental Baltic Sea organizations such as the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM), the Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC), the Baltic Sea Fisheries Forum (BALTFISH) and the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) process as well as the European Commission and European Parliament. CCB presents joint ENGO proposals and demands, both to these, and other decision-makers in the Baltic Sea region and within the EU.

Information, environmental education and other activities

CCB gathers, produces and distributes information about environmental problems in the Baltic Sea Area and proposes constructive, realistic measures to address them. The CCB proposals for harbour porpoise and salmon management are two such proposals as well as CCBs proposals for sustainable growth of the aquaculture industry in the Baltic region.

CCB promotes projects for environmental education and activities to raise public awareness at local or national grassroots level both about environmental protection and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Co-operation projects in the field

CCB and its member organizations have undertaken a number of field projects covering a wide range of issues relevant to environmental protection, nature conservation and sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region. These projects often serve the double purpose of being:

  • pilot projects to demonstrate new or alternative approaches, ecologically sustainable technologies and solutions to various environmental problems
  • concrete educational projects and projects to raise public awareness at the local level.

Projects carried out in Belarus and Ukraine are primarily sponsored by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

Support to member organizations

CCB gathers and distributes information about activities (meetings, conferences, cooperation projects, options for funding) in the Baltic Sea Region that are of relevance to its member organizations.

CCB also supports the national work of its member organizations in a number of other ways, which include organizational and financial support to activities in need of such support.

CCB Working Areas

CCB has jointly decided on 7 Working Areas that are important for all its members:

In order to strengthen its efforts and promote joint action to restore the marine environment of the Baltic Sea, CCB as an organization, has decided to focus on three priority working areas: Water protection in Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture and River Basin and Wastewater management.

Gender and Equity

CCB strives towards promoting equality in all the work that is performed within the framework of CCB. A CCB Gender Strategy was established in 2002 and revised again in 2006 to include the aspect of equity.

Affiliations

CCB is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and partner of the Global Water Partnership (GWP). CCB holds observership with the Baltic Sea Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM), the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) and  the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and is a member of the Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC) for fisheries.