What Baltic Sea Challenge?
The Baltic Sea Challenge (BSC) is a network initiative that invites organisations to commit in protecting the Baltic Sea and their local waters, to building their own Baltic Sea Action Plan and to implementing it. In 2018 there are already 270 member organisations in the BSC Network from the countries around the Baltic Sea. Even though the initiative was started by the cities of Helsinki and Turku in Finland, it exists especially owing to and for its member organisations.
The preparation for the Baltic Sea Challenge started in 2006 by the initiative of the Mayors of Helsinki and Turku. They wanted their cities to commit to work for the Baltic Sea and to be pioneers in strategic water protection. The joint Baltic Sea Action Plan of the cities was published in 2007, and the Baltic Sea Challenge was initiated. In the first Action Plan there was almost 40 actions uder nine themes.
The Action Plan and its implementation was peer reviewed in 2013 by the city of Tampere specialists, and a new Action Plan was prepared. The Vision for the Baltic Sea Challenge, its concept and structure were also renewed. The current Action Plan (see below) is for 2014 - 2018, with 75 actions under five aims.
Helsinki and Turku Directors of Environment made a commitment to the UN OCEAN conference in June 2017 to update their joint Baltic Sea Action Plan and the Baltic Sea Challenge network concept for 2019-2023: #OceanAction19884
The joint Baltic Sea Action Plan of Helsinki and Turku
The Baltic Sea Action Plan of Helsinki and Turku (2014-2018, published in January 2014)