The Baltic Ecoregion Programme (BEP) is a regional platform made up of WWF and longstanding environmental organisation partners in each of the nine coastal Baltic countries – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden. Since the early 1990s, we have worked to identify solutions to restore the Baltic Sea to a healthy state.
Our vision 2050 is a healthy, productive and resilient Baltic region, sustainably and equitably managed for the well-being of people and nature.
The vision and new strategy of BEP are to provide and support environmental stewardship in the region through tackling source-to-sea pollution and pushing for the implementation of a Sustainable (Blue) Economy – an economy that provides social and economic benefits for current and future generations without depleting or degrading the ecosystems on which it depends. The Baltic region has the knowledge and financial capacity to achieve a Sustainable (Blue) Economy but it requires cooperation and more ambitious goals to achieve a circular economy, resulting in a greatly reduced negative impact on the Baltic Sea, and robust monitoring and management plans.
What we want to achieve by 2030:
- For public and private stakeholders at local, national and regional levels to commit to source-to-sea approaches in water management, sustainable agriculture and safeguarding species and habitats.
- For the Baltic Sea to be 100% managed via a coherent network of transboundary ecosystem-based marine spatial plans representing marine protected areas covering 30% of the sea, with one third of protected area (10% of the sea) being strictly protected.
- For environmental health to be factored into investment decisions by finance actors resulting in shareholders redirecting capital towards companies that value a Sustainable (Blue) Economy.