an Integrated Approach
WWF’s vision for the ecoregion is “A healthy, diverse and resilient Baltic Sea, sustainably managed for the benefit of people and nature of the region.” In a nutshell, this means:
- Healthy, resilient ecosystems
- Significantly reduced eutrophication
- Stable healthy populations of commercial fish species such as sprat, herring, cod, salmon and plaice
Our work toward these goals is focused on shaping policy, influencing markets and public outreach and awareness raising. The four strategies are:
- Integrated approach - Promoting integrated ocean management, ecosystem based management and marine spatial planning,
- Addressing eutrophication - Pushing emissions reduction through agricultural policy and practice
- Sustainable shipping
- Smart fishing for the Baltic and its market
We are also taking a cross-cutting approach to addressing climate change.
As one of the most heavily used seas on the planet, the Baltic Sea is a living laboratory and proving ground for innovative approaches, something the Baltic Ecoregion Programme is increasingly known for. We expect that our work will both deliver significant benefits to the Baltic Sea and the surrounding region, and provide a suite of innovative approaches that others around the world can draw from and apply elsewhere in tackling complex ocean governance issues.