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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