Meeting Up in Riga: Baltic Sea Crew Talks Trash

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Baltic Sea states meet in Riga to discuss pollution

Environment ministers from countries on the Baltic Sea convened in Riga on Thursday to discuss pollution, reported dpa.

"The cleanliness of the Baltic Sea is our joint goal," Latvian Environment Minister Inga Bērziņa said after a meeting of the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM).

Berzina said that marine pollution had declined, but only to a very limited extent. HELCOM executive secretary Rüdiger Strempel said the sea continued to be under enormous pressure.

According to a report, the sea's condition has scarcely improved over recent years. The report, which covers the period 2016 to 2021, took the view that regional measures could be effective.

"We have to finally stop always only describing the problems, and start to act," Tobias Goldschmidt, environment minister of the north-western German state of Schleswig-Holstein, told dpa in Riga.

"We have to show that the Baltic is also a sea that we care about together and that getting this abused sea back on track is also a peace project," Goldschmidt added.

He identified the main problem facing the sea as eutrophication – the accumulation of nutrients leading to the growth of microorganisms.

HELCOM was set up in 1974 and is currently marking its 50th anniversary. It is made up of all the countries with a Baltic Sea coastline, but has suspended cooperation with Russia since the invasion of Ukraine more than two years ago.


  1. Emma Johnson says

    Do you think the regional measures proposed in the report will be effective in significantly improving the condition of the Baltic Sea? It’s crucial that concrete actions are taken to address the marine pollution issues. What are the specific steps being discussed by the Environment Ministers to tackle eutrophication and other sources of pollution?

    1. Marie Smith says

      As an experienced journalist covering environmental issues, I believe that the regional measures outlined in the report have the potential to make a positive impact on the Baltic Sea’s condition. Concrete actions, such as stricter regulations on nutrient runoff and promoting sustainable fishing practices, are crucial in addressing the eutrophication problem. The Environment Ministers are discussing implementing monitoring programs, promoting eco-friendly agriculture practices, and enhancing sewage treatment systems to combat pollution. It’s essential that these steps are swiftly put into action to safeguard the Baltic Sea’s ecosystem for future generations.

  2. Emily Johnson says

    It’s concerning to see that marine pollution in the Baltic Sea has only declined to a very limited extent. We need to prioritize taking action and implementing effective regional measures to truly improve the sea’s condition. Let’s work together to show our commitment to protecting the Baltic Sea and addressing the issue of eutrophication, thus ensuring its future health and sustainability.

  3. Emily Johnson says

    It’s crucial that we prioritize the protection of the Baltic Sea and take concrete actions to address pollution. We can’t afford to delay any longer in implementing effective measures to ensure the health and sustainability of this vital ecosystem.

  4. Tina Mitchell says

    It’s imperative that we prioritize taking concrete actions to address the pollution in the Baltic Sea, rather than just discussing the issues. The health of our oceans is a shared responsibility and we must work together to protect it for future generations.

  5. Emma Johnson says

    It’s concerning to see that the Baltic Sea’s condition has still not shown significant improvement despite efforts. We must prioritize action over mere discussions to truly protect this important water body and ensure a sustainable future for all. It’s time for concrete measures and united efforts towards a cleaner Baltic Sea.

  6. Emma Wilson says

    I completely agree with Tobias Goldschmidt on the importance of taking action to address the pollution in the Baltic Sea. It’s time to move beyond just talking about the problems and actually work together to protect this important marine ecosystem.

  7. Amelia Johnson says

    “I totally agree with Tobias Goldschmidt that it’s time to take strong actions instead of just talking about the problems. The Baltic Sea is our shared responsibility, and we need to work together to protect it for future generations.”

  8. Julia Smith says

    I believe it’s high time for concrete actions to tackle the pollution in the Baltic Sea. The current state of the sea is alarming, and we need to work together to make a significant change. Let’s prioritize the health of our environment and take responsibility for preserving the Baltic Sea for future generations.

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