The Baltic Sea Challenge
In June 2007 the Finnish cities of Turku and Helsinki made a commitment to improve the state of the Baltic Sea as declared by their Mayors Mr Mikko Pukkinen and Mr Jussi Pajunen. The objective is to improve the state of the local waters as well as of the entire Baltic Sea. By their own commitment the cities also want to show initiative and reduce their own loading to waters.
The actions through which the cities of Helsinki and Turku want to commit to water protection work concern point source loading, improving the cities' sewage networks, loading from scattered settlement areas, agriculture in the two cities, the handling of waste water from shipping and boating, and dredging carried out by the harbours.
In addition to these concrete measures for water protection, the cities are also committed to investing in international environmental collaboration, water protection research and providing general information and raising consciousness of the state of the Baltic Sea and how to improve it.
The cities of Helsinki and Turku challenge other actors to join the work for improving the state of the Baltic Sea!
The Baltic Sea Challenge is directed to all organisations. In addition to cities, also other public sector actors, research and education institutions, NGOs, labour unions and business organisations are invited to participate.
Actors that decide to join the Baltic Sea Challenge are expected to show their commitment by drafting their own action plans, which entail a list of new concrete actions to improve the state of their local waters and of the Baltic Sea.
The Cities of Turku and Helsinki especially propose that the cooperation networks of the Baltic cities, Baltic Metropoles and Union of the Baltic Cities, would together accept the Challenge.
By working together we can be inspired of one another's great work and find new partnerships and project ideas. Cooperation is the key!
We are looking forwards to receiving your commitment!