Sustainable Development in Coastal and Marine Areas

The problem

Human activities along the coastal regionsmarine areas of the Baltic Sea produce threats and problems to the Baltic Sea coastal ecosystem and threaten environmental as well as recreational values. The HELCOM recommendations on Coastal Strip Protections, 15/1, are not properly implemented within national regulations and practice in many Baltic countries.

The goal

Citizens in the Baltic Sea region, as well as politicians and officials should be concerned about the constantly ongoing threats to the Baltic Sea Coastal environmental values and search for possible solutions to safegurad the coastal environment and guarantee goals of biodiversity protection and recreational values. Adequate and detailed spatial planning and management plans are needed for all Baltic Coastal areas.

How are CCB working with this issue?

What can countries do together?

For the protection of the coast: fully implement the HELCOM recommendations on protection of the coastal strip in all countries.

What can each country do?

You can follow the example of Save the Latvian Dunes 2017 campaign by the Latvian Green Movement

Save the Latvian Dunes project has commenced in 2016 with number of activities: public events, reprinting of the leaflet (https://goo.gl/Xw8isl), posters (https://goo.gl/MBvMLM)  and stickers (https://goo.gl/lHgQO6), and dissemination of those awareness raising materials, etc. It was led by CCB’s member organization, Latvian Green Movement (LaGM), since 2007 and they have arranged Save Latvian Dunes campaigns every summer with different focuses. In 2016 the focus was on Information and public awareness activities. Altogether 3 Patrol Teams (PTs) were formed with 3 leaders – Andis Uzulnieks, Arturs Undrests and Janis Matulis, who made patrolling all along the Latvian Coast line in 500 km length. LaGM PTs have made 17 drives during the summer season and distributed 10 000 copies of Save Latvian Dunes brochures, 120 posters and 5 000 stickers. Brochures were left in campsites, local parking sites and private hotels/camps. Part of distributed brochures were used to warn tourists about the Latvia’s laws of dunes protection and consequences if the law was violated. Thus LaGM used the method of putting the leaflets under the wipers to those drivers whose cars were parked in dune zone or too near the protected dune area. 7 LaGM members were involved in the campaign who took active part in drives to the Dune zone areas during our activities. Statistically the brochures reached out to more than 8 000 tourists directly on the sites and left about 2 000 brochures in private cafes and camps.

What can you do?

 

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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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...

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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...

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See all CCB Publications about Sustainable development in coastal and marine areas 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

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

November 19, 2015

Pending issues from HELCOM STATE & CONSERVATION 3-2015

With reference to the Terms of Reference of the HELCOM STATE & CONSERVATION Group, Coalition Clean Baltic submitted the following two information documents to the third Meeting of the Group:

  • (7J-4) Proposal for actions to save European eel in the Baltic Sea
  •  (7J-5) Physical loss and damage to the sea floor marine sediment extraction in the Baltic Sea

Read statement here: 4-19 Pending issues from State and Conservation 3-2015_CCB

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

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.

Antonia WannerBUNDGermany+49 (0)40 982 338 62
antonia.wanner@bund.net
Bernt NordmanFinnish Society for Nature and EnvironmentFinland+358 961 222 90
bernt.nordman@naturochmiljo.fi
Elita KalninaEnvironmental Protection Club/VAKLatvia+371 7 226 042
elita@vak.lv
Henning Mørk JørgensenDanish Society for Nature Conservationhmj@dn.dk
Maret MerissarEstonian Green Movement/ CCB SecretariatEstonia+372 641 34 02
maret.merisaar@ccb.se
Olga SenovaFriends of the BalticRussia+7 812 428 06 58
olga-senova@yandex.ru
Piotr GruszkaGreen Federation GAJAPoland+48 91 489 42 33
pgruszka@fish.ar.szczecin.pl
Ramunas PovilanskasLithuanian Green Movement/ Environmental club ZvejoneLithuania+370 46 380 650
ramunas@gmf.ku.lt
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
Vera OvcharenkoGreen WorldRussia+7 921 921 79 25
vera-ovcharenko@mail.ru
Wolfgang GüntherBUNDGermany+49 982 338 62
wolfgang.guenther@bund.net