Governing Europe's Most Polluted Sea Societal challenges of the Baltic Sea eutrophication prevention

By invitation only

Tue 29.11.2011 at 16:00-19:00
Georgenstr. 24, 10117 Berlin

Eutrophication is regarded as the most severe environmental problem for the whole Baltic Sea. Considering that the Baltic Sea has been the focus of environmental management efforts for 40 years, it is surprising that in reality the ecological state of the Baltic Sea is not improving. This implies that protective efforts such as international and national policies and regulations, as well as their implementation, have not been effective enough. In the PROBALT project, the challenges of Baltic Sea eutrophication governance are identified and the past, ongoing and planned efforts to put these challenges into practice at the European Union, HELCOM and national levels are scrutinised.

This seminar presents the results of PROBALT with the emphases on the German perspective. Answers will be given to questions such as what are the main challenges of effective eutrophication governance at different levels and what Germany could do to prevent Baltic Sea eutrophication. Also, policy recommendations will be given.

For more information please contact:
Dr. Tom Schumacher (, mobile: +49-(0)172-8653762) or
Mia Pihlajamäki (, +358407638696)

16:00 Coffee

16:15 Welcome by Dr. Anna-Maija Mertens, the Director of the Finnish Institute in Germany

16:20 Statement by Klaus von Lepel, Coordinator of the Task Force for the German Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States 2011-2012, German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs

16:30 Introduction to the challenges of Baltic Sea eutrophication governance, Professor Markku Ollikainen,
Department of Economics and Management, University of Helsinki

16:50 HELCOM & EU as candidates for transnational ‘primus motor’ for the Baltic Sea protection,  Dr. Nina Tynkkynen, School of Management, University of Tampere

17:10 Increasing Germany’s role in the eutrophication governance (with comparisons to other national level case studies), Dr. Tom Schumacher, Research Group on International Political Sociology of the Institute of Social Sciences of the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel

17:30 Russia – a special actor in Baltic Sea environmental governance, Dr. Dmitry Nechiporuk, European University at St. Petersburg, Centre for European Studies - EU Centre

17:40 The way forward, Mia Pihlajamäki, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

17:50 5 minute break

17:55 Panel discussion.
Opening comment by Dr. Wera Leujak, Federal Environmental Agency (UBA)

19:00 End of seminar

Moderator: Dr. Tobias Etzold, SWP Berlin