Baltic sea countries do not live up to commitments: WWF

Aug 31, 2011
Grey seals are released on the southern coast near Czolpino, Poland, on the Baltic sea in 2005. The nine countries with a Baltic Sea coast are not doing enough to protect the very polluted body of water, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said in a report published Wednesday.

The nine countries with a Baltic Sea coast are not doing enough to protect the very polluted body of water, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said in a report published Wednesday.

"We need less talk and more actions. If we are to succeed in saving our common sea we need to work more effectively across sectors and national borders," the head of WWF Sweden, Haakan Wirten, said when presenting the organisation's 2011 Baltic Scorecard.

According to the report, Germany and Sweden fare better than their neighbours in protecting the sea, with 36 points each out of a maximum of 79. WWF said they were the region's best in implementing regional and international agreements on the environment.

Russia and Latvia were at the bottom of the scale -- which took into account the presence of fertiliser, , biodiversity, navigation and the management of the sea -- obtaining 18 and 19 points respectively.

The most important progress was made in fulfilling agreements to manage toxins, WWF said in a statement, stressing however that "much work remains."

On the other hand, all of the countries lost points when it came to biodiversity and fertilisers. The widespread use of the can be witnessed through the presence of along the coast.

Finland came in third place, with 29 points, ahead of Denmark (28 points) and Estonia, Lithuania and Poland, which all scored 25 points.

"Germany has worked particularly hard to reduce its of and has done fairly well in the other areas," WWF said.

Sweden, on the other hand, got top marks for "implementing environmental commitments for shipping and integrated management," Aasa Andersson, in charge of the Baltic at WWF, said. The Scandinavian nation however was the worse in preserving biodiversity.

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