Baltic Survey - A survey study in the Baltic Sea countries on people's attitudes and use of the sea Report on basic findings

Author(s): Tore Söderqvist, Heini Ahtiainen, Janne Artell, Mikolaj Czajkowski, Berit Hasler, Linus Hasselström, Anni Huhtala, Marianne Källstrøm, Julia Khaleeva, Louise Martinsen, Jürgen Meyerhoff, Tea Nõmmann, Ieva Oskolokaite, Olga Rastrigina, Daiva Semeniene, Åsa Soutukorva, Heidi Tuhkanen, Alf Vanags and Natalia Volchkova
In: Baltic Survey - A survey study in the Baltic Sea countries on people's attitudes and use of the sea - A summary of main results
Year: 2010
Type: Report
Link to centre authors: Ericsdotter, Siv
Full reference: Baltic Survey - A survey study in the Baltic Sea countries on people´s attitudes and use of the sea - Report on basic findings Swedish Environmental Protection Agency Report Series * Report 6348 * OCTOBER 2010 ISBN 978-91-620-6348-1 ISSN 0282-7298

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Inhabitants around the Baltic Sea express worry about the environmental situation.

With 80 per cent of all people living in the Baltic Sea region having spent leisure time there, the Baltic Sea is frequently used for recreational activities such as swimming, sunbathing or just enjoying the seashore for walking or picnicking. But there are clouds looming in the horizon.

Despite its young age (approximately 4000 years), the Baltic Sea is under considerable strain due to emissions and other pressures on the ecosystem. This in turn affects the social-ecological services it provides to the roughly 90 million people inhabiting the drainage area. This strain has led researchers to call for a more ecosystem-based management approach.

Many, particularly Finns, Swedes, Estonians and people in the coastal region of Russia, are worried about the environmental situation of the Baltic Sea.

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