Biodiversity and Nature Conservation

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The problem

In CCB, protection of biodiversity is a key area for almost all member organisations. CCB has focused on species such as Harbour porpoise and Baltic salmon since both are listed species in the Habitat Directive. Also the highly threatened European eel population and seals are of key importance to CCB.

The Goal

To protect particulary valuable or sensitive areas and species from the full impact of human activities. To raise awareness of the importance of undisturbed nature and preserved biodiversity.

How are CCB working with this issue?

Marine protected areas is an important measure that has not been fully implemented in the Baltic Sea and CCB supports a goal of increased areas and improved management.

CCB is an observer in HELCOM and via different working groups in HELCOM CCB push for better management and monitoring. Important policy areas are the MSFD, the implementation of the Habitat Directive but also the Common Fishery Policy and Common Agricultural Policy as they both heavily influence marine life in the Baltic Sea.

What can countries do together?

Commit themselves to the general objective of conserving the biodiversity of the region as a whole. Fully implement the Biodiversity Actions in the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan for 2007 and develop national and joint plans for protection of Baltic marine species in the EU Habitat Directive. Agree not to weaken the present rules on protection of Baltic seals. Create an action programme for the protection of the remaining Baltic harbour porpoises.

What can each country do?

Make serious efforts to protect the national marine and coastal areas identified in the regional system of the Baltic Sea Protection Areas (BSPA) via concrete management plans. Do not to allow any general hunting of seal in the Baltic Sea.

What can you do?

Talk to your local politicians about the importance of protecting biodiversity in all sectors of society. You can also contact your Ministry of Environment and urge for full implementation of developed management plans for BSPAS and other marine conservation areas.

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...

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See all CCB Publications about Biodiversity and nature conservation in Publications.

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2017

February 28, 2017

To reach the SDGs globally the Baltic-wide actions need to be implemented first!

logo_2rToday, high-level representatives of the HELCOM Contracting Parties will meet in Helsinki to discuss how the Baltic Sea Region can contribute to the global goals on the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources by 2030. Actions related to eutrophication, marine litter and climate change will be given special focus in the discussions.

On behalf of environmentally concerned citizens of the Baltic Sea catchment, Coalition Clean Baltic would like to share some input to this work and bring to the attention of regional decision-makers the urgent needs to be addressed in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs) and, even more importantly, to save the Baltic Sea from further deterioration.

Read the full statement here.

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2016

May 12, 2016

Ministers: take action and 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 to fishing since 2009 and may represent on of the few productive fishing areas in EU that has not been trawled at all the past 7 years.

The joint NGO position is that the area must be made a permanent closed area not only to protect fish reproduction and weak fish stocks but also because of natural values existing in the area. Following the closure in 2009, the recovery of the bottom in the area is remarkable and to protect the area permanently suits well with EU and Member states ambitions under Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) implementation. In fact the opposite, to not protect it, is hard to argue for or even consider due to the uniqueness of such a trawl free area. Opening up the area for active fishing and especially towed gear such as trawls is going from an clearly improved or even good environmental status (GES) towards not meeting the GES objective. That is a breach of the objectives of not only MSFD but also Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

The full letter can be read here (in Swedish): Brev Kattegatt final svenska

Kattegattutvärdering

 

Scientific statement: the area closed for fishing since 2009 has had clear positive effects and should stay in place. Read (in Swedish) http://www.gp.se/nyheter/v%C3%A4stsverige/stoppet-gav-effekt-torskbest%C3%A5ndet-v%C3%A4xer-1.115701

Swedish Scientific evaluation of the area (in English): http://www.slu.se/Documents/externwebben/akvatiska-resurser/publikationer/PM-Rapporter/Summary_Evaluation_of_Closed_Areas_in_Kattegat.pdf

STECF evaluation of the effects of the closed area (in English):https://stecf.jrc.ec.europa.eu/c/document_library/get_file?p_l_id=53314&folderId=133326&name=DLFE-12704.pdf

 

March 11, 2016

Statement at the 37th Meeting of the Helsinki Commission, 10-11 March 2016

Once again, we would like to share with you the concerns of civil society organizations and over 800,000 individual members of CCB’s network around the Baltic Sea.

Read Statement here: CCB_statement_HELCOM37_2016

February 15, 2016

Update of information regarding anthropogenic threats to Kurgalskiy Nature Reserve, Leningrad Oblast, Russia

CCB expressed its concerns regarding potential threats of industrial and urban developments in the vicinity of Kurgalsky Peninsula and Nature Reserve, the site of international importance, both listed as HELCOM MPA (#166) and the Ramsar Convention wetland (#690) at HELCOM HOD 49-2015

Read statement here: 7-2 Update of information regarding anthropogenic threats to Kurgalskiy Nature Reservey_CCB

2015

December 1, 2015

CCB statement on the conservation of the Baltic Sea harbour porpoise

These are CCB proposals for action for the conservation of the Baltic Sea harbour porpoise population. These actions are necessary for all EU Member States to fulfill the demands on monitoring programs and programs of measures under the MSFD, and to meet the requirements of the Habitat Directive and the HELCOM BSAP.

 Read the statement here: CCB_statement_on_porpoise_to_fulfill_MSFD_and_HELCOM_2015

November 19, 2015

Call for HELCOM action regarding Baltic MPAs within Russian part of the Gulf of Finland

In early September 2015, Coalition Clean Baltic approached Russian federal, regional and municipal authorities, as well as HELCOM, with a call for urgent action regarding the situation around one of the HELCOM Baltic MPAs and Ramsar sites in the Russian part of the Gulf of Finland, namely Kurgalsky Natural Reserve.

Read statement here: 4-18 Call for HELCOM action regarding Baltic MPAs within Russian part of the Gulf of Finland

November 19, 2015

Funding the EU MSFD Programs of Measures

A crucial part of the coherent implementation of the BSAP and the EU MSFD is the commitment to fund the needed measures to reach the GES targets. CCB is becoming concerned that several CPs being also EU MS have argued at different occasions, including the IG PoM and EU MSCG, that funding is a major problem for implementing the MSFD PoMs.  For a number of reasons CCB considers these claims unjustified.

Read statement here: 4-17 Funding the EU MSFD Programs of Measures_CCB

November 2, 2015

Physical loss and damage to the sea floor: marine sediment extraction in the Baltic Sea

HELCOM’s Initial Holistic Assessment of Ecosystem Health of the Baltic Sea (BSEP122) considers dredging and marine sediment extraction as pressures, which can have large impacts on local marine environments. Such impacts include smothering of benthic organisms, abrasion of the sea bottom, as well as increased siltation and resuspension of contaminated bottom sediments caused by dredging/extraction activities. Scientific studies, underwater observations and hydrographic surveys have shown that impacted bottom sites can take decades to recover, if at all do so.

Read statement here: 7J-5 Physical loss and damage to the sea floor marine sediment extraction in the Baltic Sea

November 2, 2015

Call for action regarding the situation around Kronshtadskaya Kolonia Reserve, Russia

The Coalition Clean Baltic would like to raise the attention of HELCOM State & Conservation Group experts and call for urgent HELCOM’s action regarding the situation around Bronka multifunctional marine cargo complex and neighbor nature reserve “Kronshtadskaya Kolonia”, located in St.Petersburg, Russian Federation.

Read statement here: 3N-6 Call for action regarding the situation around Kronshtadskaya Kolonia Reserve, Russia

October 23, 2015

Call for action regarding the alarming situation around Kurgalskiy Nature Reserve, Russia

The Coalition Clean Baltic would like to raise the attention of HELCOM STATE & CONSERVATION Group experts and call for urgent HELCOM’s action regarding the alarming situation being reported around Kurgalskiy State (Regional) Nature Reserve, located in Leningrad Oblast of the Russian Federation.

Read statement here: 3N-4Cover CCB letter on Kurgalskiy

September 18, 2015

Open letter addressing 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 Nature Reserve. The situation requires urgent action to prevent damage to natural amenities of this Protected Area and save it as the only MPA within Russian part of the Baltic Sea that covers both land and sea area.

Read the letter here. Note: the letter is both in English and Russian.

August 19, 2015

Time to Stop Eel fishing

CCB together with 28 environmental organizations has sent this letter to the EU Commission demanding that all eel fishing in Europe should stop and that other needed action to halt the human induced eel mortality until the stock has recovered must be put in place. Read the letter here

June 3, 2015

Proposals for scope of the review and updating of part II Annex III (Prevention of pollution from agriculture) of the Helsinki Convention

HELCOM HOD 47-2015 requested the Agri group to develop a proposal for the review process of part II of Annex III for the consideration by the Heads of Delegation. Once the scope of the review has been decided on by HOD, the revision process could start. The Meeting invited the Contracting Parties to consider co/leading the review/revision work.

Read statement here: 3-25 Proposals for scope of review of part II Annex III of Helsinki Convention

Biodiversity and nature conservation
Antti HalkkaFinnish Association for Nature ConservationFinland+358 9 228 081
halkka@sll.fi
Dmitry SendekBaltic Fund for NatureRussiasendek@mail.ru
Elita KalninaEnvironmental Protection Club/VAKLatvia+371 7 226 042
elita@vak.lv
Ellen BrunoSwedish Society for Nature Conservation+46 8 7026595
ellen.bruno@naturskyddsforeningen.se
Gunnar NorénSenior advisor+46 70-560 53 52
gunnar.noren@ccb.se
Henning Mørk JørgensenDanish Society for Nature Conservationhmj@dn.dk
Ida CarlénBiodiversity and Nature Conservation Officer+46 70 3133067
ida.carlen@ccb.se
Jakub SzuminGreen Federation GAJAPolandjakubs@gajanet.pl
Nils HöglundFisheries Policy OfficerSweden+46 70-867 92 49
nils.hoglund@ccb.se
Nina PalutskayaNeman Environment GroupBelarusninija@mail.ru
Robertas StaponkusLithuanian Fund for NatureLithuania+370 6 9846 719
robertas.s@glis.lt
Rustam SagitovBaltic Fund for NatureRussia+7 812 328 96 20
baltic@teia.org
Sergey TitovBaltic Fund for NatureRussiatitov@admiral.ru
Sonja JaariFinnish Society for Nature and EnvironmentFinland+35 89 612 22 90
sonja.jaari@naturochmiljo.fi
Tapani VeistolaVuosaari Harbour / Finnish Association for Nature ConservationFinland+358 922 808 266
veistola@sll.fi
Vytautas KesminasVilnius UniversityLithuaniav.kesminas@takas.lt
Eel
Ellen BrunoSwedish Society for Nature Conservation+46 8 7026595
ellen.bruno@naturskyddsforeningen.se
Gunnar NorénSenior advisor+46 70-560 53 52
gunnar.noren@ccb.se
Henning Mørk JørgensenDanish Society for Nature Conservationhmj@dn.dk
Ida CarlénBiodiversity and Nature Conservation Officer+46 70 3133067
ida.carlen@ccb.se
Nils HöglundFisheries Policy OfficerSweden+46 70-867 92 49
nils.hoglund@ccb.se
Robertas StaponkusLithuanian Fund for NatureLithuania+370 6 9846 719
robertas.s@glis.lt
Tapani VeistolaVuosaari Harbour / Finnish Association for Nature ConservationFinland+358 922 808 266
veistola@sll.fi
Harbour porpoise
Antti HalkkaFinnish Association for Nature ConservationFinland+358 9 228 081
halkka@sll.fi
Ellen BrunoSwedish Society for Nature Conservation+46 8 7026595
ellen.bruno@naturskyddsforeningen.se
Gunnar NorénSenior advisor+46 70-560 53 52
gunnar.noren@ccb.se
Ida CarlénBiodiversity and Nature Conservation Officer+46 70 3133067
ida.carlen@ccb.se
Nils HöglundFisheries Policy OfficerSweden+46 70-867 92 49
nils.hoglund@ccb.se
Robertas StaponkusLithuanian Fund for NatureLithuania+370 6 9846 719
robertas.s@glis.lt
Rustam SagitovBaltic Fund for NatureRussia+7 812 328 96 20
baltic@teia.org
Tapani VeistolaVuosaari Harbour / Finnish Association for Nature ConservationFinland+358 922 808 266
veistola@sll.fi
Salmon
Andre ZahharovEstonian Green MovementEstoniaandre.zahharov@gmail.com
Antanas KontautasLithuanian Green Movement/ Environmental club ZvejoneLithuania antanas.kontautas@ku.lt
Antti HalkkaFinnish Association for Nature ConservationFinland+358 9 228 081
halkka@sll.fi
Bernt NordmanFinnish Society for Nature and EnvironmentFinland+358 961 222 90
bernt.nordman@naturochmiljo.fi
Dmitry SendekBaltic Fund for NatureRussiasendek@mail.ru
Elita KalninaEnvironmental Protection Club/VAKLatvia+371 7 226 042
elita@vak.lv
Ellen BrunoSwedish Society for Nature Conservation+46 8 7026595
ellen.bruno@naturskyddsforeningen.se
Gunnar NorénSenior advisor+46 70-560 53 52
gunnar.noren@ccb.se
Maret MerissarEstonian Green Movement/ CCB SecretariatEstonia+372 641 34 02
maret.merisaar@ccb.se
Nils HöglundFisheries Policy OfficerSweden+46 70-867 92 49
nils.hoglund@ccb.se
Nina PalutskayaNeman Environment GroupBelarusninija@mail.ru
Piotr GruszkaGreen Federation GAJAPoland+48 91 489 42 33
pgruszka@fish.ar.szczecin.pl
Ralf DöringBUNDGermanyralf.doering@vti.bund.de
Robertas StaponkusLithuanian Fund for NatureLithuania+370 6 9846 719
robertas.s@glis.lt
Rustam SagitovBaltic Fund for NatureRussia+7 812 328 96 20
baltic@teia.org
Sergey TitovBaltic Fund for NatureRussiatitov@admiral.ru
Tapani VeistolaVuosaari Harbour / Finnish Association for Nature ConservationFinland+358 922 808 266
veistola@sll.fi
Vera OvcharenkoGreen WorldRussia+7 921 921 79 25
vera-ovcharenko@mail.ru
Vytautas KesminasVilnius UniversityLithuaniav.kesminas@takas.lt