Race for the Baltic

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Race
for the
Baltic

The Baltic Sea is under threat, with dead zones covering one sixth of the sea bottom as a consequence of eutrophication. The effect of these dead zones on Baltic biodiversity is exacerbated by overfishing and a lack of adequate protection.

Learn more about the Race for the Baltic objectives or read more about our activities in the past help raise awareness and deliver messages to Ministers of Environment in all Baltic Sea countries.

Roundtables

Race for the Baltic is hosting a number of business roundtables across the region based on ‘business opportunities for the sustainability of the Baltic Sea’. Read about our past roundtables in Poland, Lithuania & Stockholm. Upcoming roundtables will be held in Riga, Stockholm and Copenhagen.


Race for the Baltic identifies that the business community have an opportunity to play a larger role with issues pertaining to the Baltic Sea particularly in the face of a climate change, the decline of the tourism industry, the demise of food resources, the increasing competition for financial resources, access to renewable energy resources and changing environmental and water quality regulations. For businesses that plan to operate in the Baltic region on a long-term basis and benefit economically and socially from doing so, business innovation and sustainability is key to a durable business strategy and RFTB are building our roundtable discussions on these topics.

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The
Mission

Overview

The Baltic Sea is one of the most threatened major bodies of water in the world. Unsustainable agriculture and urban practices has resulted in a sea regularly threatened by algal blooms, not only causing harm to the ecosystem but also harming its natural beauty. Eutrophication and the dead zones it creates together with overfishing reduces the ability of fish stocks to reproduce, which has negative effects on the entire Baltic Sea ecosystem. Without urgent action, the Baltic is on the road to truly becoming a "dead sea".

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The Problems

The Baltic Sea is a unique brackish water environment. At the same time it's one of the most polluted seas in the world. Agricultural, industrial and wastewater run–off have all led to the deterioration of the water quality. Coupled with overfishing and biodiversity loss, it threatens the health of the Baltic Sea environment.

Solving the problems facing the Baltic is not impossible. In fact, we know what needs to be done and we have the technology to do it. Action on three major issues would create a path to a healthy Baltic: revive biological diversity, recover the natural wealth of fish stocks and restore the water through a reduction of nutrient input.

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The Asks

Solving the problems facing the Baltic is not impossible. In fact, we know what needs to be done and we have the technology to do it. Action on three major issues would create a path to a healthy Baltic: stop overfishing, restore biological diversity, and stop pouring nutrients into the Sea.

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The Aims

Why are we doing this?

With our multi stakeholder campaign we hope to make the Baltic Sea region a model for marine management in the EU and globally.

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Partners, Supporters & Sponsors

Find out who is supporting the Race for the Baltic and what they are doing to ensure the long-term future Baltic Sea.

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Resources

Would you like more technical info? Scan our list of resources to get the details.

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