Shipping, excessive fishing and rising levels of emissions have a negative impact on the marine ecosystem of the Baltic Sea. Sustainable solutions can contribute to striking the right balance between pursuing economic interests on the one side and meeting environmental needs on the other.
Around 80 million inhabitants live in the catchment area of the Baltic Sea. Its ecosystem is severely compromised by anthropogenic influences. These include, for example, high-density sea traffic, phosphor input from the agricultural industry as well as environmentally harmful micro plastic and pharmaceutical substances. That said, the Baltic Sea region is at the same time also considered an important area of economic activities. Fishing, tourism, industry and logistics contribute considerably to wealth and prosperity of the countries bordering the Baltic Sea. No matter whether it is about sustainable tourism or improved waste water treatment, adopting new approaches can contribute to ensuring the preservation and positive development of the marine ecosystem on a long-term basis.
Our experience in the ”Marine Environment” field
The project AQUAFIMA, which we supported in the 2007-2013 funding period, developed an integrated approach to aquaculture and stock management. The currently running CATCH project (Coastal Angling Tourism: A Development Chance for the South Baltic Region) switches perspectives and promotes economic, social and environmental sustainability in coastal angling tourism. In addition to this, we also support several water quality projects: MORPHEUS (Model Areas for Removal of Pharmaceutical Substances in the South Baltic) aims at finding solutions for the reduction of pharmaceutical substances which deteriorate the Baltic Sea’s water quality. We further support research efforts in various BONUS projects. These research endeavours deal with water quality measurements and measurement procedures.