• The Baltic Harbour Porpoise more widely distributed than previously known

    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,

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Letter to Ministers – HELCOM

    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

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

    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. Such examples show

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

    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

  • Helcom 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

  • 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 euthrophication of the Baltic Sea. It’s 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

  • 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. CCB Annual Conference 2013 focused on: Aquaculture: Development and sustainability in the Baltic Sea Region Presentations were conducted by several actors coming from Aquabest, the Estonian Ministry of Agriculture-Fisheries department, Aquafima

  • Belarusian and Polish NGOs share experience of Wild Salmon Protection

    A team from the Neman Environment Group in Belarus, visited Polish colleagues in Szczecin region, Poland, to learn from their experience of salmon protection. Read the article

  • 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

  • CCB Annual Conference Baltic 2012 & CCB General Meeting, 1-3 June 2012, Ratomka, Belarus

    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. We now have the pleasure to invite you to Belarus for the CCB Baltic 2012 Conference and General Meeting!

  • Lomonosov town – 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 within the Oranienbaum Marine Festival, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Lomonosov. Read the article

  • 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

  • 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. The Race To Save the Baltic 2012 seminar was held in Stockholm on June 28, 2012,

  • 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. Presentations: Gunnar Norén, CCB Moa Larsson Sundgren Faustine Defossez, EEB Anna Marzec, WWF Andrzej Nowakowski, ARC Download: Invitation and programme

  • The 2nd EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Annual Forum and the 13th Baltic Development Forum Summit 2011

    The Baltic Development Forum and the European Commission together organized the common event in Gdansk, Poland, on 24-26 October 2011, with cooperation of Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and authorities of Pomorskie Region. Read the article

  • 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

  • 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. Read the statement

  • 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

  • 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. We now have the pleasure to invite you to Latvia for the CCB Baltic 2011 Conference and Extra Ordinary General Meeting! This year the CCB Baltic Conference is organised together

  • Deletion of water bodies in Estonia – an action that was finally repealed

    In April 2011 a precedent occurred in the domain of the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Estonia in the form of deleting a large amount of the officially registered water bodies (lakes, streams, rivers and even entire bay areas). As a result of a dispute, the Ministry of

  • Wetlands for clear water

    “Wetlands for clear water” was the headline of a seminar organized March 24th – 25th, in Greifswald Germany by Grune Liga and University of Greifswald. Over 40 participants from Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and other European countries (Romania, Turkey) could follow 12 lectures on creation, restoration and utilization of wetlands

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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. Presentations: Claudia Wendland, WECF Milan Matuska, GWP CEE Gunnar Norén, CCB Andrzej Tonderski, POMCERT Robert Zvara, NGO Creative Bernardas Paukstys, GWP Lithuania

  • 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. Presentations: Gunnar Norén (English) Józef Tyburski (Polish) Wieslaw Podyma (Polish) Dietrich Schultz (English) Zbigniew Bukowski (Polish) Eugeniy Lobanov (English) Katarzyna Pastuszczak(Polish) Katarzyna Pastuszczak(English) Csaba Juhasz (English) Artur Granstedt (English) Katarzyna Izydorczyk (Polish)   Download: Invitation

  • 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”. Presentations: Gunnar Norén Alexey Suschits Download:  Invitation Draft Programme Registration Form

  • 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

  • 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. Download: Joint pressrelease (English) Joint pressrelease (Russian) CCB WWF

  • 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

  • Ecological sanitation in rural areas of the Western Bug River Basin in Ukraine

    Approximately 20-40 % of the rural population of Central and Eastern Europe have no proper sanitation. In the Ukrainian part of the Western Bug River the majority of the population lives in rural areas.  Several alternatives for addressing sanitation in rural areas are available today. In rural areas of the Ukrainian

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

    CCB organized 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. Presentations: Gunnar Norén Nils Höglund Elita Kalnina Rustam Sagitov Sergey Titov Veronika Tarbaeva Olga Senova Tamara Tchernova Download: Invitation List

  • 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”.

  • Baltic Salmon in Belarus? YES!

     It has finally been confirmed that Baltic Salmon (Salmo salar) is indeed living in the Vilia basin in Belarus. In September 2009 researchers of the Belarus Academy of Sciences found young salmon in the Dudka river, about 800 m upstream the confluence with Vilia. Read the article

  • 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

  • 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

  • Dry toilet demonstration sites in Russia

    Releases of household wastewater from settlements in rural areas of the Leningrad region considerably contribute to the pollution of rivers and lakes, and thus the Baltic Sea, since the wastewater is usually not processed at all. This summer CCB supported a CEI project on construction of two demonstration sites with

  • CCB statement on the Nord Stream Gas Pipeline ESPOO EIA report and Proposals for requirements to mitigate environmental impact of the gas pipeline

    Background A 1200 km long gas pipeline is planned to be built across the Baltic Sea, from Portovaya bay near Viborg to Greifswalder Bodden along the German coast. The line will transport 55 billion cubic metres of gas per year, which is calculated to cover 25 % of the additional

  • Environmental Degradation of Russian Coastal Regions: The Case of the Gulf of Finland

    The authors, Trumbull and Bodrov, devote particular attention to two major developments, a multifunctional port complex and expansion of an existing nuclear power plant. Based on extensive personal observations and government documents, they analyze the emerging environmental threat posed by these initiatives as well as the challenging political environment that

  • Report from the International River Watch Camp in Belarus

    Between July 30 – August 5 2008, an International River Watch Camp was organised by ARB BirdLife (Belarus) and Friends of the Baltic (Russia) at the Vileiskoye lake (basin of Western Dvina) in Belarus. Read the article