• Europe’s rivers nowhere near healthy by 2027 deadline – report

    90% of river basins studied in various EU countries will still be unhealthy by 2027, new research reveals. This means those countries will miss the legally binding EU target to return Europe’s dirty freshwaters to health by then.  Member States have only a few weeks left to finalise their river

  • Finance in focus: NGOs bring together industry and ministers to discuss the future of finance in the Baltic sea

    20 October – Lübeck, Germany – In conjunction with the HELCOM Ministerial Meeting to adopt the updated Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) [1], WWF along with Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB) have invited high-level ministers, finance representatives and NGOs together to discuss ‘how regional investments in the seascape  can help support

  • Political ambition and actions fall short in the updated Baltic Sea Action Plan

    20 October – Lübeck, Germany – The updated plan to achieve a Good Environmental Status of the Baltic Sea lacks strong commitments to protect one of the world’s most threatened marine ecosystems, say WWF and the Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB).  The updated Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) [1], intended to

  • AGRIFISH: Some Baltic Fish Still in Crisis as the EU Starts to Consider Ecosystem Impacts

    Press release from Coalition Clean Baltic, FishSec, WWF, Oceana, Seas at Risk and Our Fish Luxembourg, 12 October 2021: Following the EU AGRIFISH Council press conference today, NGOs expressed disappointment that Member State fisheries ministers again haggled all night to raise Baltic fishing limits for 2022 above the European Commission’s

  • Joint NGO recommendations on Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2022

    In October 2021, EU fisheries ministers will agree on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2022. As the deadline to end overfishing by 2020 at the latest as legally prescribed by Article 2(2) of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)1 has passed, all fishing limits must be in line with

  • Letter from NGOs and scientists calls for Baltic Sea Ministers political commitment to take action for the Baltic Sea

    Over the last year, HELCOM Contracting Parties have intensively revised the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) set to be adopted by all Baltic Sea countries and the European Union on 20 October 2021 with the goal to reach a healthy Baltic Sea. Despite this revision, NGOs and scientists note a

  • Joint NGO recommendations on Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2022

    We are running against the clock to stop the collapse of the Baltic Sea ecosystem and deliver on political promises to halt the climate and nature crises. The setting of fishing opportunities at sustainable levels is an essential precondition to deliver on these promises. The European Ombudsman has confirmed that

  • Most of Europe’s river basins will still be unhealthy by 2027

    11 out of 13 river basins studied in various EU countries will still be unhealthy by 2027, new research reveals. The Baltic Sea Region isn’t an exception, especially with the Odra river [1]. Those countries will miss the legally binding EU target to return Europe’s dirty freshwaters to health by

  • Restoring Baltic Sea can’t be delayed for another decade – political ambition must be raised by Baltic countries

    June 7, 2021 –This year marks a milestone for the protection of the Baltic Sea. The updated Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) – which will be adopted in October 2021 – is HELCOM’s strategic programme of measures and a key tool for restoring the Baltic Sea by 2030.  However, Baltic

  • CCB calls to postpone the adoption of the Lynetteholm project

    CCB as an environmental NGO network, was approached by our Danish and German members with an information about ongoing discussions on the Lynetteholm project and its expected adoption by the Danish Parliament in early June. It appeared rather alerting as despite of the scale of the project and potential magnitude

  • NGOs call to address the impacts of lignite mining on water in the Oder river basin

    On June 8th, the International Commission for the Protection of the Oder River (ICPO) will meet to discuss the updates of the international River Basin Management Plan. CCB, European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and partner NGOs are calling on the ICPO, the Ministries of Water and the Water Directors of the

  • EU Must Respond to Baltic Sea Ecosystem and Fisheries Crash With Urgent, Radical Measures

    Brussels, 28 May 2021: – Responding to today’s publication of annual scientific advice for 2022 EU fishing limits for the Baltic Sea by ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) [1], a group of non-governmental organisations is demanding that the European Commission follow the scientific advice and calls

  • Row over the Atlantic: a new collaboration to save the Baltic harbour porpoise

    Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB) and the Swedish adventurers Måns Kämpe and Sören Kjellkvist [1] are pleased to announce the  launch of a collaboration to save the endangered Baltic whale, the harbour porpoise. Måns and Sören will during the winter of 2021-22 row over the Atlantic from Portugal to the Caribbean,

  • Bycatch of critically endangered Baltic Sea harbour porpoise must stop

    May 2021 – The Baltic Sea harbour porpoise is facing extinction. Only a few hundred animals are left, and under continued threat from bycatch, environmental contaminants, prey depletion and disturbance from underwater noise. Today, on the International Day of the Baltic harbour porpoise, Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB) and WWF urge

  • “#NonHazPlasticDiet” campaign

    Plastics and the Hidden Threat to your Health CCB has joined the campaign “NonHaz Plastic Diet” which starts today and will be running for 6 weeks under the project NonHazCity2. Plastics and the additives they contain are everywhere in our daily lives. They are in our homes, our workplaces, our

  • EU Scientific body confirms stronger bycatch measures are needed to protect Bay of Biscay common dolphins and Baltic Proper harbour porpoises

    NGO concerns over EU countries’ inadequate response to the bycatch of protected species have now been confirmed by the evaluation of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) [1].  With respect to the measures proposed by France, Spain and Portugal to reduce bycatch of common dolphins in the

  • EU will propose new law to make nature restoration legally binding in the EU

    Nature as we know it is heading towards extinction. And it’s because of human activity. Logging, intensive agriculture and overfishing have pushed one million animal and plant species to the point where they’re hanging by a thread. The European Commission will propose a new law to make nature restoration legally

  • Towards a green Europe to protect European Deltas

    Manifesto for the protection of European Deltas. There are around 10,000 deltas in the world, and some 339 million people live in them. Many of these deltas are extremely vulnerable to flooding, especially due to the effects of climate change and poor river basin management. Deltas are coastal systems formed

  • Ambition, concrete actions and commitment: key elements to save the Baltic Sea

    NGOs recommendations towards the updated Baltic Sea Action Plan 17 March 2021 – This year will mark a milestone for the protection of the Baltic Sea since the updated Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) [1] will be adopted by HELCOM and its members, with the aim to achieve good environmental

  • In memoriam of Lennart Gladh

    We have lost a very good friend, true nature lover and defender of our shared environment. Lennart Gladh… “a biologist who likes fly fishing and clean water as well as living in the country-side among cows and cornfields” as he described himself in Twitter… Lennart was very humble person with

  • Rivers´regulation in Poland: open letter to the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki

    Moratorium on rivers’ development is required in the implementation of any project financed by public money. The reason for calling for a radical intervention by the Polish Prime Minister concerns the ill-adapted water management. The current state of the water management and the challenges of the national wealth: the natural

  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How Conservation Is Failing European Porpoises

    New scientific paper calls for urgent action to protect Europe’s porpoises. Sweden, February 2021 – In a paper [1] just published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, three marine mammal experts have stressed the vulnerability of the harbour porpoise in European seas, and call for urgent action, especially in

  • Job vacancy: Russian-speaking Programme manager of Sida funded Programme in Eastern Europe

    Temporary position for approx.1 year with start in May 2021. Background The Programme “Creating and sustaining positive change in key thematic areas related to water – strengthening the role of NGOs and civil society in Belarus and Russia”, supported by Sida, builds on a long-term vision that strong public demand

  • NGOs New Year’s “resolution list” to ensure Ministers deliver a future-proof plan to save the Baltic Sea

    December 2020 – Another year has come and gone, and we, the Coalition Clean Baltic and WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme are taking stock of the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) presently being revised by all Baltic Sea coastal countries. We have a special resolution for HELCOM Heads of Delegation after

  • Joint NGO letter to EU Commission on Baltic proper harbour porpoise

    In September 2020, together with NABU, WWF, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and Danish Society for Nature Conservation, we sent a letter to Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for Environment, Ocean and Fisheries, on the protection of the Baltic proper harbour porpoise. The harbour porpoise in the

  • Does the European Green Deal in agriculture stop nutrient leaching and limit the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea?

    by Maria Staniszewska The European Commission, taking into account the huge negative impact of current agricultural practices on the environment, has prepared two strategies: the From Farm to Fork Strategy and the Biodiversity Strategy. The EC proposed: reducing the use of chemical pesticides on crops and antibiotics in farming by

  • NGOs call on the EU to end support for new hydropower

    Following World Fish Migration Day, 150 NGOs have banded together to call on the EU institutions to end public financing for new hydropower projects in Europe. Building more hydropower flies in the face of the European Green Deal’s biodiversity goals, given the small contribution new plants would bring to the

  • #DrillingIsKilling: a citizen mobilization platform

    Following the publication of the Manifesto “Toward an EU offshore drilling ban” on April 20nd 2020, CCB joins the second phase of Surfrider Foundation Europe´s #DrillingIsKilling campaign with the launch of a new online platform. Citizens are now invited to contact their MEPs with direct messages calling for a total

  • NGOs Welcome EU Fisheries Ministers Setting More Baltic Fishing Limits In Line with Science – But Ecological Crisis Not Averted

    Luxembourg, 20 October 2020:- Environmental NGOs this morning welcomed the decision of EU Fisheries Ministers to set Baltic fishing limits for 2021 in accordance with scientific advice for eight of ten fish populations in the Baltic, but reflect that this result is largely due to the strong position of the

  • Online exhibition Live in / Leaving

    Live In / Leaving is an online and on-going exhibition starting from October 12, 2020. It’s organised by CCB in collaboration with artists and environmental activists from different countries. This exhibition is implemented under the project: “Plastic Free Ocean“. The project activities is supporting implementation of the EU Plastics Strategy

  • Extinction risks to whales, dolphins and porpoises – over 350 scientists warn in an open letter

    On Friday 9 October 2020, an open letter from more than 350 cetacean scientists highlighting the real and imminent extinction risk to whales, dolphins and porpoises has been published. One of the populations under threat is the Baltic Sea harbour porpoise. In this letter, scientists from all over the world

  • Clean Games Baltic Cup 2020: a one-hour challenge to clean the Baltic Sea region

    For the second year, on 19th September, people from all over the Baltic Sea Region will take part in the Clean Games Baltic Cup [1], a one-hour challenge aiming at cleaning up and collecting the most amount of garbage from green and coastal areas. The tournament will be interactive through

  • CCB welcomes the release from custody of our colleague Iryna Sukhy and expresses strong support to Belarusian civil society organizations

    Coalition Clean Baltic – CCB welcomes the release from custody of our long-time colleague and environmental activist Iryna Sukhy and expresses strong support and solidarity with the peaceful actions of Belarusian civil society organizations. Iryna Sukhy, the co-founder of the NGO Ecohome was unjustifiably convicted last Sunday, 6 September in

  • European nations under pressure to save the critically endangered Baltic harbour porpoise

    At a meeting of northern European nations held online this week, the issue of the critically endangered harbour porpoise population in the Baltic Sea was discussed and debated. The population in the central Baltic Sea numbers in the low hundreds and needs urgent action to stop it from going extinct.

  • EU Council of Ministers Urged to Take Decisions to Counter Baltic Sea Crisis

    Brussels, 31 August 2020:- Responding to the publication of the European Commission’s proposal for Baltic Sea fishing limits for 2021, NGOs today called on EU Baltic state governments to adopt most of the Commission’s proposed measures – and to go a step further by putting a stop to overfishing of

  • COVID19 – UPDATED Guidelines for CCB Network

    We have prepared the guidelines below for CCB Member Organizations, Observers and partners following recent developments on the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines apply to all CCB events until further notice, and will be reviewed and revised as needed. If you have any questions, please contact the Secretariat at: secretariat@ccb.se Please

  • Russian-German coalition demands to stop nuclear waste movement from Germany to Russia

    # Russia is not a nuclear waste dump! # Saint-Petersburg – Berlin, July 2020 – The appeal to the authorities of Russia and Germany was signed by 47 national, regional and municipal non-governmental associations of Russia, Germany and the Netherlands.  The appeal is signed by regional and municipal deputies of

  • Commission takes legal action against France, Spain and Sweden to protect marine mammals

    The European Commission has demanded today that France, Spain and Sweden take immediate action to prevent the needless deaths of dolphins and porpoises killed every year as bycatch in fishing nets.  The announcement follows a major intervention last year by a group of NGOs asking the European Commission to take

  • Lack of national political will is driving European seas to the brink

    Today, the European Commission published a report assessing the progress with the implementation of the EU’s Marine Directive [1], adopted in 2008. The report comes out just as the European Environment Agency paints a dire picture of the state of European seas in its new Marine report. Marine life, from

  • Joint NGO recommendations on Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2021

    In October 2020, EU fisheries ministers will agree on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2021. As the deadline to end overfishing by 2020 at the latest as legally prescribed by Article 2(2) of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)[1] has passed, all fishing limits must be based on sustainable

  • Baltic Sea Fish Stocks Remain in Crisis – NGOs Call for Closures of Herring and Cod stocks

    Brussels, 29 May 2020:- Responding to today’s publication of annual scientific advice for EU fishing limits for 2021 in the Baltic Sea by ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea), which finds important Baltic fish populations remain in a state of crisis, and the entire Baltic Sea ecosystem

  • NGOs welcome scientists’ advice to halt bycatch of endangered Baltic Proper harbour porpoise

    Scientists from the International Council for the Exploration (ICES) have published a landmark advice today, warning the European Commission that immediate action is needed to protect two critically vulnerable marine mammals. ICES has urged the Commission to introduce emergency measures to prevent the needless deaths of thousands of common dolphins

  • CCB joins the Surfrider Foundation Europe´s campaign #DrillingIsKilling

    On the 20th of April 2010, the explosion of Deepwater Horizon, the deepest offshore oil platform, led to the biggest oil spill in human history. On the 10th anniversary of this catastrophe, Surfrider Foundation Europe, the European NGO devoted to protecting the Ocean, together with 21 partner NGOs from all

  • Vacancy: Financial Manager/Controller to join the CCB International Secretariat

    We are looking for a full time Financial Manager/Controller to join the team at the CCB International Secretariat in Uppsala, Sweden. This position will play a critical role in the CCB International Secretariat’s conservation work, with an emphasis on the flow of financial resources in the Secretariat and to the

  • NGOs urge Baltic countries to speed up commitments to the Baltic Sea Action Plan

    Helsinki, 3 March 2020 – This week at the HELCOM Stakeholder Conference and High-level Meeting [1], Coalition Clean Balic and the WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme presented a joint ‘Shadow Plan’ [2] in response to the ongoing Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) update process [3]. The Shadow Plan contains recommended actions

  • The Baltic Shadow Plan: for the future of the Baltic Sea

    This shadow plan presents NGO requests to HELCOM for the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) update. The Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) adopted in 2007, by the Helsinki Convention, had the goal to restore the Baltic marine environment to a good ecological status by 2021. However, the nine Baltic Sea

  • 109 Organizations Around the Globe Urge World Leaders to Reach a WTO Deal to Help Save Our Ocean

    This June, governments around the world must fulfil their commitment to curb the public money that supports overfishing and degrades our ocean. After nearly two decades of negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO), now is the moment for leaders to act to end harmful fisheries subsidies. Ahead of the

  • Blue Manifesto – The Roadmap to a Healthy Ocean in 2030

    More than 100 environmental organisations, led by Seas At Risk, BirdLife Europe, ClientEarth, Oceana, Surfrider Foundation Europe and WWF launched the “Blue Manifesto”. The rescue plan lays out concrete actions which must be delivered by set dates in order to turn the tide on the ever-degraded and polluted ocean and

  • Ten actions on our Christmas “wishlist” to ensure Ministers deliver a concrete plan to save the Baltic Sea

    As the end of the year approaches, children and adults alike, will be writing their wish lists in the hopes that they might get a present on Christmas Eve. We, the Coalition Clean Baltic and WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme, have a special wish this year: a Baltic Sea Action Plan

  • 4,500+ scientists call on European Commission to defend the EU water law

    Brussels, 6 December 2019 – Scientists and academics concerned by the dire state of European rivers, lakes and wetlands have released a statement calling on the EU to fully implement and enforce its own water law – the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) – in order to halt and reverse