The Baltic Sea’s health is currently threatened by pollution, the over-exploitation of its natural resources and conflicting jurisdictional responsibility. By working to restore the Baltic Sea we hope to provide a successful model that can be used by others to restore our threatened seas and oceans.
In 2013, Zennström Philanthropies along with our grantees co-ordinated a platform and campaign called Race for the Baltic to bring together all the stakeholders affected by the Baltic Sea and by doing so created a coalition of leadership made up of NGO’s, businesses, concerned citizens and forward thinking politicians who are now working with businesses and governments to find concrete solutions for a sustainable Baltic Sea.
Current grantees include:
Oceana is undertaking a new campaign to improve the health of the Baltic Sea by reducing illegal fishing and improving the network of marine protected areas. By keeping more life in the ocean and protecting the habitats on which life depend, we can address the most acute needs for restoring the Baltic Sea. In the initial two-year phase of their campaign, Oceana will conduct in-port investigations and at-sea expeditions to identify and document illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Baltic, leading to increased enforcement, reduced IUU fishing, and improved compliance with fishing limits. Additionally, Oceana will document vulnerable marine habitats in the Baltic Sea that deserve official designation as a Marine Protected Area, as we have successfully done in other European countries.
Past grantees include:
Coalition Clean Baltic http://www.ccb.se
In Helsinki, February 1990, non-governmental environmental organizations from the countries of the Baltic Sea Region united and established Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB) in order to co-operate in activities concerning the Baltic Sea. CCB is a politically independent, non-profit association. At present, CCB unites 27 member organizations from Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark,Ukraine and Sweden. The CCB member organisations combined have over half a million members in all countries around the Baltic Sea. The main goal of CCB is to promote the protection and improvement of the Baltic Sea environment and natural resources.
Fisheries Secretariat http://www.fishsec.org
The Fisheries Secretariat (FISH) is a non-profit organisation working towards sustainable fisheries in Europe and worldwide. Their long-term goal is healthy seas with thriving fish stocks and great diversity. At FISH, they work towards more sustainable fisheries through information, international co-operation, capacity building and lobbying at an international level, but with a focus on the Baltic Sea region and the European Union. They have a particular mission to support and help other organisations, as well as the public, with information and knowledge.
Swedish Society for Nature Conservation http://www.naturskyddsforeningen.se/
The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) is an environmental organization with power to bring about change. They spread knowledge, map environmental threats, create solutions, and influence politicians and public authorities, at both national and international levels.