3 priority areas  

The CCB focus on three priority areas:

1. Promotion of good ecological water status

2. Prevention of installations and transports harmful to the Baltic Sea

3. Development of sustainable Baltic Sea Fisheries.

There are a number of activities and projects within each area.

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Links to useful resources and various actors associated with the Baltic Sea and the Baltic Sea Region:
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Baltinfo search engine
Finnish Institute on Marine Research
Baltic Marine Environment Bibliography

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The Baltic Harbour Porpoise more widely distributed than previously known

Published: 25/03/2014

CCB has produced a new brochure on the problems and needs of the Baltic harbour porpoise population. It is crucial that all Member states that has the porpoise in its waters take full responsibility to protect the porpoise and and introduce both monitoring and measures within the framework of the MSFD, and of course also the Habitat Directive.

CCB has collaborated with the research project SAMBAH to produce a new brochure with fresh data from the project on where the porpoises seem to live and travel in the Baltic Sea. It seems clear that porpoises are present in many areas and almost all national waters of the Baltic Sea states. Previous areas where porpoises have been sighted and bycaught are confirmed by the new data, but some areas in Sweden are of particular interest.


The bruchure can be downloaded here and printed copies are available at the CCB secretariat.


CCB report on Baltic EU Member States implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)

Published: 13/03/2014

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 a quite disappointing level of ambition from our region and also poor coordination among member states. Cooperation and coherent actions are the key to reaching a better marine environment and CCB believes that all Member States in the region can and must do better. The report is available in a short version and long version with detailed annexes:

Short version (30 pages)

Long version with annex (83 pages)

European Commission review of all EU Member States implementation (article 12 review) is available here:


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CCB position paper on sustainable aquaculture in the Baltic Sea region

Published: 13/03/2014

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 a regional ambition. CCB does not favor placing open cage systems in the marine environment as this is connected with too many problems that can’t fully be controlled today.  It’s important that national aquaculture strategies adhere to common goals and principles shared by all countries in the Baltic Region.

Download full statement here

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Seminar "Reducing Nutrient Runoff from Large-Scale Animal Production in the Baltic Sea Region"

Published: 10/12/2013

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 West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, organized the Seminar “Reducing nutrient runoff from large-scale animal production in the Baltic Sea Region”.

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Polish Illegal Salmon Fishing: Reduced Quota for 2014

Published: 03/12/2013

Documented illegal salmon fishing occurs in Poland and the European Commission have now decided to reduce their quota for 2014.

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

Published: 11/11/2013

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 presidency and organized by the Lithuanian Fund for Nature.

Agenda, presentations and outcomes of the seminar are available here

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

Published: 17/10/2013

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 plenary vote on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

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Read the joint NGO EMFF briefing sent to MEPs

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

Published: 03/10/2013

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 about the lack of action and the many delayed deadlines.

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Wavering commitments threaten the restoration of the Baltic Sea

Published: 25/09/2013

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 release


Diverging views between governments put the future of the Baltic Sea in jeopardy
Published: 06/09/2013
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.

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Letter to Ministers - HELCOM

Published: 04/09/2013

Until 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.

Taking place 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).

Letter to Ministers HELCOM - September 2013


The company CSC “Saerimner” trying to establish new large pig-farms in Lithuania and get renewed permit, with help of false information

Published: 27/07/2013

An 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.

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Wild salmon in Venta river , Latvia– a weak stock that need better management

Published: 25/07/2013

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.

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Helcom Heads of Delegation Meeting, 17-18 June 2013, Helsinki, Finland.

Published: 19/06/2013

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.


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! We can't wait any longer; it is time to fulfill the HELCOM commitments to restore the health of the Baltic Sea.

To 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 forward now!

Sign the petition and show that you care for the Baltic Sea

Visit the new Race for the Baltic site

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The practical implementation Ecological Recycling Agriculture on the Baltic Sea catchment area helps solve Europhication problem

Agriculture 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.

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CCB Annual Conference Baltic 2013 & CCB General Meeting, 17-19 May 2013, Tallinn, Estonia

The CCB Annual Conference Baltic 2013 and CCB General Meeting was held in Tallinn, Estonia, between 17-19 May 2013.

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Race To Save The Baltic Seminar, in Stockholm, 28 June 2012

A seminar 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.

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Development of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) policy

The implementation of the MSFD is on-going. In July 2012, EU Member States are supposed to present their plans with:

-Initial assessment of the marine environment and whether the "Good environmental status" of its marine environment has been reached.

-Targets and indicators for the 11 marine descriptors.

CCB, Seas 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.

The handbook and fact-sheets are available under March & April 2012

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CCB Annual Conference Baltic 2012 & CCB General Meeting,

1-3 June 2012, Ratomka, Belarus

The CCB Annual Conference Baltic 2012 and CCB General Meeting was held in Ratomka, Belarus, between 1-3 June 2012.

For further information please see below.

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Baltic Forum for Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Manure Management - project Baltic MANURE

The Baltic 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.

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Subsidies fuelling overfishing must end

Subsidies 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!

CCB is a member of the campaign organisation OCEAN2012 dedicated to change the European fishing policy (CFP) to a greener and truly sustainable policy.

See the OCEAN2012 "End the blind spend" video below.


CCB Seminar on the future of Baltic salmon management, 8-9 December 2011, Älvkarleby, Sweden

The 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.

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CCB debate on the future of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), beyond 2013, 30 November 2011, Warsaw, Poland

The focus of the debate, held in Warsaw, Poland, was pros and cons of the new CAP legislative proposal and the aim was to elaborate a common NGO position statement.

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CCB 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.

To read the statement see link.

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TAC setting for Baltic salmon 2012 and the current situation for returning salmon spawners in the Baltic Sea region

The numbers of returning salmon spawners show a strong negative trend in several important rivers and CCB urge Baltic region governments to apply a precautionary approach to salmon fisheries for 2012.

To read the statement see link.

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Lomonosov town in Russia

- pearl at the sea shore

or port and industrial zone?

Coastal 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.

To read the full article and read more CCB articles please go to the link.

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Beaver dams in salmon and sea-trout rivers in Belarus

Beaver 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.

See link to video from one of the actions below.


CCB Annual Conference Baltic 2011 on Sustainable Coastal Development & CCB Extra Ordinary General Meeting,

6-8 May 2011, in Jurmala, Latvia

The CCB Annual Conference Baltic 2011 and CCB Extra Ordinary General Meeting was held in Jurmala, Latvia, between 6-8 May.

For further information please see below.

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HELCOM High-level meeting on the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP),

9 March 2011

NGOs notice a surprising lack of progress in many National Implementation Plans (NIPs) of the BSAP from 2007. Concrete measures and its financing are lagging behind in order to reach the goals.

When it comes to concrete actions e.g. to reduce nutrient input from agriculture, reduce impact from fisheries and to protect biodiversity the real work to deliver the BSAP has yet to be done.

For further information read the NGO statement below.

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CCB response to the Consultation for the Impact Assessment on the "Common Agricultural Policy Towards 2020"proposals

CCB 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.

The 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.

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Anglers against poachers: Sea trout have successfully spawned in the river Tartak, Belarus

The 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.

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CCB Water Seminar on Agriculture, 3-4 November 2010, in Warsaw, Poland

CCB in cooperation with Global Water Partnership PL organized a two-days’ seminar to share experiences and empower for actions and lobbying on national levels.

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CCB International conference on innovative solutions for wastewater treatment, 20-21 October 2010, in Gliwice, Krynica, Poland

CCB in cooperation with Polish Ecological Club organized an international conference on "Innovative solutions for wastewater treatment for the scattered settlements of rural areas".

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EU Commissioner for Fisheries & Maritime Affairs, Maria Damanaki, received signatures

On 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).

A group of eight people from OCEAN2012, including a representative from CCB, also had a one hour meeting with the Commissioner in Brussels.

Post card campaign on the south shore of the Gulf of Finland

In 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.

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European Fish week 5-13 June 2010

The first European Fish week took place from June 5-13 -

a 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.

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CCB proposals for HELCOM Moscow Ministerial Meeting, 18-20 May 2010

CCB participated at the HELCOM Moscow Ministerial Meeting, 18-20 May.

The 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.

Please find the CCB proposals below.

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CCB General Meeting
and Annual Conference Baltic 10

on Biodiversity and the Baltic Sea,

7-9 May 2010, in Palanga, Lithuania

The CCB General Meeting and Annual Conference Baltic 10, took place in Palanga, Lithuania, between 7-9 May.

On 10 May, following the CCB Meetings, a workshop on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and its implementation was held in Palanga.

For further information about the CCB General Meeting and Annual Conference Baltic 10, as well as the workshop on the Marine Strategy Framwork Directive, please see below.

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CCB Water Seminar on sustainable water management in River Basin Management Plans, 18-20 November 2009, Gdynia, Poland

CCB organised together with Global Water Partnership PL and POMCERT Gdynia, a Water Seminar on sustainable water management in River Basin Management Plans in the Baltic Sea Region.

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CCB Salmon Seminar about the Future for the Salmon River Luga, 9-10 December 2009, Kingisepp, Russia

CCB organised together with Baltic Fund For Nature and Green World a Salmon Seminar about the possibility of re-establishing Luga river as a sustainable and natural habitat for Baltic Salmon.

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EU Commissioner for Fisheries, Joe Borg, introduced to the CCB activities on the protection of the wild Baltic salmon

The EU Commissioner for Fisheries, Joe Borg, was offered and accepted a CCB salmon tie with the text "This person promotes the protection of the wild Baltic salmon".

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CCB addresses the meeting of Ministers of the Baltic Sea Member States and the EU-Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, 1 October 2009, in Saltsjobaden, Stockholm, Sweden to

Secure stakeholder participation in Baltic Fisheries Management

Fisheries control must be strengthened - unreported and unrecorded catches is still a problem in Baltic Salmon fisheries

Increased ambition for fish stock monitoring needed to achieve Sustainable Fisheries Management - example upcoming "Baltic Salmon management plan".

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Russian shipyard planned in Gulf of Finland close to RAMSAR area

Russia 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.

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Baltic Salmon in Belarus? Yes!

It has finally been confirmed that Baltic Salmon (Salmo salar) is indeed living in the Vilia basin in Belarus. Read the article by Nina Palutskaya.

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CCB statement on the Nord Stream Gas Pipeline ESPOO EIA report and

Proposals for requirements to mitigate environmental impact of the gas pipeline

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Nord Stream

First cycle River Basin Management Plans under our control?

The European 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.

Read the article by CCB Water Policy Officer Anna Smolka, on her experience from the RBMP planning process.

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General information about

the 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.

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You 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!
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You can help the Baltic Sea!

The 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 information

Publications 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.

Baltic Harbour Porpoise

Nature 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

In Flash

In pdf

(note that the file is 101 mb)
For other publications please have a look at "publications" in the menue.

CCB were coorganisers of the High-Level Policy Dialogue on
" EU Sanitation Policies and Practices in the 2008 International Year of Sanitation"

Brussels, 29 th January 2007

Draft agenda

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"Where have all the fishes gone?"

Listen and learn from this animation telling the sad story of the fate of the fish in the Baltic Sea.

Play the movie

Read the lyrics...


Baltic fish

Check out the CCB gift that was given to all participants at the HELCOM Ministerial Meeting 15 Nov 2007, Krakow, Poland


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Environmental NGO (Coalition Clean Baltic and World Wide Fund for Nature) Statement for HELCOM Ministerial Meeting on the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan, Krakow, 15 November 2007

Read the statement

Read the full BSAP

Baltic Sea

The Baltic Harbour Porpoise Needs Protection!

The brochure "The Baltic Harbour Porpoise needs Protection" tells you about the situation for the estimated 600 individuals of this species that still remain in the Baltic Sea.


If you spot a harbour porpoise report to -


Baltic Harbour Porpoise

Comb jelly poses serious threat to Baltic Sea ecosystem

Alarming 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.


Mnemiopsis Leidyi

EU Maritime Policy presented

On 10 October 2007, the European Commission presented its vision for a integrated maritime policy for the European Union. The vision document ? also called the Blue book


The Blue Book

Blue Book
Publications 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.

Environmental education programme River Watch supported by CCB arrived in Belarus in 2005 and captured the imagination of several schools straight away.

Nina Palutskaya from Belarus writes about the implementation of the River Watch programme in her country.

Read her article

River Watch Belarus

High-Level 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.

More information

ASCOBANS Secretariat now closed

1 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.

Good 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.

Read his answers here


Planned Nuclear Electricity import to Nordic market from dangerous Chernobyl type reactor!

NGOs 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.

NGO position paper

Background information

Joining 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 CCB
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Baltic 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
Baltic Cod

ccb - for protection of the baltic sea environment

CCB is a network for cooperation and coordination between environmental NGOs active in the Baltic Sea catchment area.

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