Sustainable Development in Coastal and Marine Areas
Human activities along the coastal regions 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.
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 safeguard 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 is CCB working with this issue?
CCB undertakes advocacy and raising awareness activities at local and regional level.
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, posters and stickers, 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 2017 the focus was on information and public awareness activities, as well as on the issue of accessibility to natural amenities. 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?
- Ask your municipality to improve the coastal tourism infrastructure
- Help fill data gaps on barriers in rivers by using a mobile app
- Join clean-up activities
- Respect the environment and recycle
- Join the campaign against Nord Stream II
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Relevant links to international NGOs working on sustainable development in coastal and marine areas
|Elita Kalnina||Environmental Protection Club/VAK||Latvia||+371 7 226 email@example.com|
|Maret Merisaar||Estonian Water Association||Estonia|
|Olga Senova||Friends of the Baltic||Russia||+7 812 428 06 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Piotr Gruszka||PKE||Poland||+48 91 489 42 email@example.com|
|Ramunas Povilanskas||Lithuanian Green Movement/ Environmental club Zvejone||Lithuania||+370 46 380 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Susanna Knotz||BUND, Friends of the Earth Germany||Germany|
|Tapani Veistola||Vuosaari Harbour / Finnish Association for Nature Conservation||Finland||+358 922 808 email@example.com|