Race for the Baltic

The Race for the Baltic campaign gathered support over the summer of 2013 and culminated with the handover of a Call for Action to Environment Ministers in Copenhagen on 3 October in connection with the 2013 HELCOM Ministerial meeting.

The call for action was to:

1. REVIVE the biological diversity of the Baltic Sea.
2. RECOVER the natural wealth of the fish stocks in the Baltic Sea to ensure long-term sustainability.
3. RESTORE the water quality through a reduction of nutrients and pollutants flowing into the Baltic Sea.


During the campaign we cycled 3 500 km through all nine countries around the Baltic Sea, collecting signatures from the public and other stakeholders. The campaign was a collaboration between the Fisheries Secretariat, Coalition Clean Baltic, Oceana and Zennström Philanthropies.

Race for the Baltic brought together stakeholders that care for the Baltic Sea and created a coalition made up of NGO’s, businesses, concerned citizens and policy makers who were determined to see the environmental health of the Baltic Sea restored.


Last updated: January 26, 2016

Recent publications

National priorities for HELCOM contracting parties – joint NGO letter...

September 12, 2013

At the HELCOM Ministerial Meeting 3 October 2013 in Copenhagen, the region’s Environment Ministers will agree on further actions in...

Joint NGO letter to Ministers at HELCOM

August 27, 2013

Joint NGO letter to ministers at HELCOM ahead of the HELCOM Ministerial Declaration meeting 2013 highlighting that we have already...