• Europe’s Declaration on Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

    20 Organisations sign declaration expressing serious concern about pharmaceuticals in the environment in the EU 17th November 2017 Brussels A group of twenty organisations – lead by Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe – today sent a Declaration to European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, expressing their deep concern about the […]

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  • CCB welcomes EU Commission proposal to ban fishing for eel in the Baltic Sea

    The European Eel is a critically endangered fish species with a dramatic stock size decline the past 30 years.  Conservation efforts have so far failed to deliver and scientific experts have repeatedly called for drastic management measures. Today the EU Commission presented a proposal to ban all fishing for eel in the Baltic Sea. CCB […]

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  • Learn more on Marine Litter and Microplastic Pollution

    Want to know more about Marine Litter and Microplastic Pollution of our seas, rivers and lakes? Take your chance and enroll to the #PlasticFreeBaltic online course on Marine Litter and Microplastic Pollution – first course of its kind in the #BalticSeaRegion! 7 thematic modules Certificate after successful completion From 1 September till 15 November 2017 Free of charge Materials […]

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  • CCB requires that EIA on Nord Stream 2 Project addresses holistic and cumulative impacts on the Baltic Sea ecosystem

    CCB follows public hearings on Environmental Impact Assessment of the proposed Nord Stream 2 Project in transboundary context within the frame of Espoo Convention. Today, on 21 July, the hearings are held in Stralsund, Germany, following 4 days of national EIA hearings held under the German law. Our main point remains the same: as a […]

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  • CCB, WWF and Oceana call the EC to take into account environmental requirements in negotiations with Russia on the Nord Stream II project

    On Friday, 9 June 2017, WWF European Policy Office, WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme, OCEANA Europe and the Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB), have jointly submitted a letter to Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete (DG ENER / DG CLIMA) and Commissioner Karmenu Vella (DG ENV / DG MARE), expressing our concerns with the proposed Nord Stream II gas pipeline project and proposing […]

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  • Save Kurgalskiy from Nord Stream II – sign the petition!

    Sign the petition to protect Kurgalskiy Peninsula and Nature Reserve that are under severe threat by the development plans of the Nord Stream II gas pipeline. The Kurgalskiy Nature Reserve, being established in 2000, is included in the network of HELCOM Baltic Sea Marine Protected Areas and RAMSAR Convention list of protected wetlands of international […]

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  • 2017 CCB Annual video contest

    A video contest with competition contributions from our member organizations and partners was held during 2017 CCB Annual Conference. The prize for 2017 CCB video contest was awarded to the Crayfish story by the Green Federation GAJA from Poland. The content of the videos should have been anything related to CCB’s working areas and projects. […]

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  • CCB joins over 100 organsiations in call to uphold ban on subsidies for fishing vessels

    CCB and over 100 organisations across the EU ask all members of European parliament endorse the Fisheries Committee’s vote from March this year and express support for the 2014 Parliament position that maintained the ban on subsidies for the construction of new fishing vessels. A ban that has existed in the EU since 2004. The […]

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  • Nord Stream 2 considers route through nature reserve optimal

    The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology has provided its European counterparts with the report on Environmental Impact Assessment of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The document favours the option for routeing the gas pipeline through the unique Kurgalsky natural reserve. The  main route of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is named […]

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  • Wetlands dramatically reduce micro plastic

    A new CCB study concludes that both waste water after treatments plants and storm water contains micro plastic particles. Testing the same water after it has passed through a constructed wetland show that considerable amounts are trapped in the wetland, regardless if the initial amounts were high or low. The results are encouraging since all […]

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  • NGOs urge EU Parliament to remain firm against fisheries subsidies

    CCB together with more than 100 European Organisations call upon MEPs to support the 2014 Parliament position that maintained the ban on subsidies for the construction of new fishing vessels, which has existed in the EU since 2004. Reintroducing the opportunity to use subsidies for new fisheries vessel would undermine the objectives of the reformed […]

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  • Baltic-wide actions needed to reach SDG targets

    Today, high-level representatives of the HELCOM Contracting Parties will meet in Helsinki to discuss regional Baltic Sea contribution to conservation and sustainable use of the seas and marine resources by 2030. Actions related to eutrophication, marine litter and climate change will be given special focus in the discussion. On behalf of environmentally concerned citizens of […]

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  • NGOs demand closure of western Baltic flatfish and cod bycatch fishery

    On Wednesday, in a letter to the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Mr Karmenu Vella, eight environmental NGOs request a closure of the western Baltic flatfish and cod bycatch fishery. The fishery for flatfish in the western Baltic was recently opened during the spawning season closure for cod in February-March, despite the […]

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  • Sweden designates large Natura 2000 area for the Baltic Sea harbour porpoise

    As an early Christmas present to the harbour porpoises of the Baltic Sea, the Swedish government recently announced that a large Natura 2000 site will be designated for harbour porpoises in the Baltic Proper. With more than 1 million hectares this is the largest marine area ever proposed by Sweden as a Natura 2000 site, […]

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  • The Swedish government is looking to reduce plastic in the Sea

    During 2017, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) will investigate if more cosmetic products should be included in a ban on plastic microparticles. KEMI has previously suggested a ban on plastic microparticles in cosmetic products that are rinsed off, such as shower creams and toothpaste. Now, the government asks the Agency to investigate if plastic particles […]

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  • Denmark stands alone in defiance against Baltic Sea marine protection agreement

          PRESS RELEASE: Stockholm and Helsinki 19 December 2016 Denmark threatened to effectively stop progress on a key Baltic Sea regional initiative during the HELCOM Head of Delegation meeting which took place on 14-15 December in Helsinki. This process, prioritized by the EU who is currently chairing HELCOM for the first time, represents […]

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  • CCB and MIO-ECDE join forces to promote marine litter monitoring in the Baltic Sea

    Some 18 NGO representatives from 8 countries, namely Belarus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden, were brought together in a two-day workshop on marine litter monitoring. The workshop was organized from 2-3 November 2016 in Gdansk (Poland) by the Coalition Clean Baltic in collaboration with the Polish Ecological Club and it was led […]

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  • Joint NGO position on Baltic Sea internal loading

    Baltic environmental NGOs, represented by Coalition Clean Baltic network consisting of 18 grass-root organizations from 11 countries in the Baltic Sea catchment and the WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme forwarded for consideration of HELCOM Contracting Parties a joint statement regarding the issue of internal load in the Baltic Sea. Some of the Contracting Parties state that […]

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  • “Our Common Baltic” Summer Course successfully completed

    The CCB Summer Course Our Common Baltic took place at Hel Marine Station in Poland in July 2016. 17 participants from eight countries participated and contributed greatly to making the course very successful. You can read more here.

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  • The New Baltic Fisheries Management plan is now EU Law

    On July 20th, the new fisheries management plan for sprat, herring and cod became active EU law and thereby removed the old cod plan and amending the existing Technical regulation from 2005. CCB has been engaged in this new management plan from the start, even before the initial proposal was presented by the previous Commission […]

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  • Urgent action needed for Lithuanian rivers

    A proposal to amend the Lithuanian Water Act and Law of Protected areas threatens two of the last rivers in Europe with open fish migratory pathways, Nemunas and Neris, home to populations of wild salmon, trout and sturgeon as well as the endangered European eel. In 2004, the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas) adopted an amendment to […]

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  • CCB General Meeting

    CCB held its biannual general meeting in Lviv, Ukraine on 20th-22nd of May 2016. A work plan for coming years was agreed upon and a new CCB board was elected. CCB also got two new members accepted at the general meeting, one from Latvia and one from Belarus. See CCBs new board here: http://www.ccb.se/about-ccb/ccb-board/ CCB […]

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  • Western cod stock crisis

    ICES released the latest catch advice for Baltic fish stocks on May 31st. There are several worrying signs but by far the most dramatic is the situation for the western cod stock in areas west of Bornholm. ICES is advising to reduce commercial catches by  89% compared to last years catches! ICES advices on total […]

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  • CCB letter to Commisioner Vella about eel

    In April 2016 CCB sent a letter to the Commission pointing to the illegal catches of eel but also questioning the legal fishery on an endangered species and if the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) goal of fishing at MSY applies to eel. CCB has gotten a response from the Commission explaining the views of the Commission […]

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  • Ministers: uphold your responsibilities on marine protection

    CCB has joined a group of NGOs  (Greenpeace, Oceana, WWF, Swedish and Danish Societies for Nature conservation, Swedish and Danish Anglers Associations, Living Sea and Fisheries Secretariat) and written an open letter to the ministers in Denmark and Sweden asking them to uphold the existing closed areas in the Kattegatt. The area has been closed […]

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  • Source: HELCOM, photo by Samuli Korpinen

    EU auditors call for further and more effective action on Baltic Sea eutrophication

    A report from the European Court of Auditors evaluating the work on combatting eutrophication in the Baltic Sea states that actions and funding so far has had limited effects and that further and more effective action is needed. The auditors found that Member States’ plans lack ambition and appropriate indicators. Investment in waste-water infrastructure has […]

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  • Multiannual plan for Baltic Fish stocks concluded

    The 15th of March, European Parliament, the Council and the Commission finally agreed on a new management plan for the main commercial fish stocks in the Baltic Sea. CCB and many other NGOs have worked hard to present our views on what is needed to safeguard the stocks in the Baltic and we can now […]

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  • CCB team took part in HELCOM Stakeholder Conference on Marine Litter

    HELCOM invited a wide array of stakeholders to announce – or reiterate – their commitment for combating marine litter in the Baltic Sea under recently adopted Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter at a Stakeholder Conference, held on 9 March 2016 back-to-back with HELCOM 37-2016. Key focus of the Conference was to strengthen and broaden the ownership in pushing into […]

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  • Press release from Green World, Russian NGO

    Press release Sosnovy Bor – St. Petersburg, Russia, December 2, 2015 Non-governmental non-profit environmental charitable organisation, member of the Coalition Clean Baltic, member of the International NGOs Decommissioning Network Registered in the Justice Department of Leningrad Oblast January 31,1997, registration number 605, P.O. Box 68/7, Sosnovy Bor 188544, Leningrad Oblast, Russia P/F: +7(81369)72991; E: info@greenworld.org.ru […]

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  • PRESS RELEASE: Global temperature increases: an alarming scenario for the Baltic Sea

    1 December 2015, Uppsala, Sweden Global temperature increases: an alarming scenario for the Baltic Sea Prior to the opening of the 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change, Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB) calls for immediate climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in the Baltic Sea Region, based on the findings of a new CCB report released […]

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  • International Seminar on Land Based Aquaculture Systems

    Last week, on 11-12th of November, in cooperation, Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB), Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management and the Swedish Board of Agriculture hosted an international seminar on Land-Based Aquaculture and best available technologies (BAT) in Stockholm. Moderators were Ellen Bruno (SSNC) and Nils Höglund (CCB). […]

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  • Debating Baltic Sea eutrophication

    In a joint reply to a debate article published in Svenska Dagbladet 27/8 a group of scientists and experts, including Coalition Clean Baltic´s member organization WWF Sweden, argue that sea-based measurements against eutrophication in the Baltic Sea should not be seen as a “miracle remedy” for the Baltic Sea and it is not a satisfactory […]

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  • Open letter to Russian authorities and HELCOM

    Open letter addressing Russian authorities and HELCOM with regards to an alarming situation around Kurgalskiy Nature Reserve at the coastline of the Gulf of Finland. The letter addresses the situation, which mainly concerns conflicts between nature protection goals, large infrastructure projects and urban planning of the coastal area in the vicinity of the Kurgalskiy State […]

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  • Demand EU to stop eel fishing

    28 environmental organizations demand that the EU Commission will stop all eel fishing in Europe along with other needed action to halt the human induced eel mortality until the stock has reached sustainable levels. Even though the European Eel (Anguilla Anguilla) is listed as ´critically endangered´ by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) the […]

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  • Recykling kayaking – protecting the Baltic Sea

    The Recycling kayaking is under the patronage of the Coalition Clean Baltic Mr Dominik Dobrowolski, a famous Polish ecologist, has been canoeing and cleaning up rivers for many years now. His main objective is to protect rivers and the Baltic sea from pollution. His initiative is well-known and appreciated by many in Poland and numerous […]

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  • New CCB Report on Industrial Livestock Farming

    The CCB project report on Industrial Livestock Farming  – Environmental Protection Context in the Baltic Sea catchment area is now available on-line. The report contain information on overall characteristics of the industrial farm sector in the Baltic Sea Region, an inventory of existing industrial livestock farms (with a size that require permits according to national […]

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  • Coalition of NGO demands effective measures to reach MFSD goals

    A large coalition of NGOs including CCB has produced a statement with clear demands on improved commitment and ambition in Member States implementation of the MSFD. The final stages of implementing the Directive is now under way and the Program of Measures is central to both reaching the already set targets and last chance to […]

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  • CCB options for a new multispecies management plan for Baltic fish stocks

    CCB has together with Fisheries Secretariat developed a position paper on what we consider important aspects to include in a new ecosystem-based multispecies management plan for the Baltic Sea. In principle, we support multi-species management but such a plan must consider broad biological interactions. Discussions and proposals from various actors and scientists have so far […]

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  • Legal implications Natura 2000 and Common Fishery Policy (CFP)

    An ongoing discussion in EU is how to solve legal conflicts within the EU legislation, not least between environmental legislation and policies such as agriculture and fisheries. CCB has tried to summarize a few of the main issues regarding N2000 and fisheries management in a short paper. The topic is highly relevant as there is […]

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  • CCB statement on sustainable aquaculture

    CCB has developed a joint paper on what NGOs think are relevant requirements on sustainable aquaculture in the Baltic Region. The Baltic Sea cannot sustain more operations that add to nutrient enrichment. CCB belives that several key problems, well known from Norwegian examples, must be solved before any more small or large scale aquaculture can […]

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  • CCB position paper on sustainable aquaculture in the Baltic Sea region

    CCB member organisations has worked together to create a statement on what the potential and limits to growth the aquaculture sector has in our region. Proper risk management and not jeopardizing existing goals in legislation such as CFP, MSFD and HELCOMs BSAP are important elements. To keep pushing for new technique and feeds must be […]

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  • CCB report on Baltic EU Member States implementation of MSFD

    The MSFD is an important EU legislation for our seas. If fully and coherently implemented, MSFD can be a powerful tool to monitor and improve EU seas and the Baltic Sea in particular. CCB has during 2013 worked on a joint project to review the Baltic Member States implementation of this Directive. The results show […]

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  • Seminar “Reducing Nutrient Runoff from Large-Scale Animal Production in the Baltic Sea Region”

    On December 6, 2013, in Warsaw, Poland, Coalition Clean Baltic, together with Green Federation Gaja, Baltic Manure and the Department of Genetics and Animal Breeding of the WestPomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, organized the Seminar “Reducing nutrient runoff from large-scale animal production in the Baltic Sea Region”. More than 60 people participated. Stakeholders from […]

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  • Polish Illegal Salmon Fishing: Reduced Quota for 2014

    Documented illegal salmon fishing occurs in Poland and the European Commission have now decided to reduce their quota for 2014. As reported by the European Commission on November 29th, 2013, A Commission Regulation providing for a reduction of the annual salmon quota allocated to Poland was issued to recover salmon quota overfished by Polish fishermen […]

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  • Seminar “Common Agricultural Policy for 2014-2020: Challenges and perspectives in implementing environmental commitment “

    To prepare CCB´s participatin in the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2013, Gunnar Norén (CEO of CCB) and Maria Staniszewska (Polish Ecological Club) participated first at the seminar Agricultural Policy 2014-2020: challenges and perspectives in implementing environmental commitment. The seminar was held in Vilnius, Lithuania, one day before the Annual Forum. It was arranged under the Lithuanian EU […]

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  • Concerns before European Parliament plenary vote on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

    On 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 (EP) plenary vote (on October 23) on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The lobbying event was organised by Pew Environment Group and the Swedish NGO, the Fisheries Secretariat […]

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  • Race To Save the Baltic Campaign 2013

    CCB together 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. Our message is: We have agreed on the targets. Now we call on you to take action! […]

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  • Helcom Ministerial Declaration 2013: Environmental ministers severely delay deadlines to restore the Baltic Sea

    Today, 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 […]

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  • Wavering commitments threaten the restoration of the Baltic Sea

    Over the past 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. Read the full joint press […]

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  • Diverging views between governments put the future of the Baltic Sea in jeopardy

    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 […]

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