On the 8th June, World Ocean Day, cyclists from the Race for the Baltic team left Malmö on a 3-month journey cycling 3500km of Baltic Sea coastline across nine countries.

On the 8th June, World Ocean Day, cyclists from the Race for the Baltic team left Malmö on a 3-month journey cycling 3500km of Baltic Sea coastline across nine countries.

Participants want to highlight the health threats to the Baltic Sea, to create awareness about the current situation but also to show support for decision-makers across the region to act before time runs out, and implement with no further delay the policies already agreed upon.

Signatures will be collected at events along the way and will be handed over to Ministries at the HELCOM Conference on 3rd October 2013.

The Race for the Baltic addresses in particular the issues of overfishing, biological diversity and eutrophication in the Baltic Sea, with a focus on the objectives contained in the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

The initiative has three main goals:
• Revive - Reduce the amount of agricultural nutrient run-off into the Baltic Sea
• Recover - Ensure scientific advice is followed when fishing limits are set and enforced
• Restore - Designate 30% of the Baltic Sea as Marine Protected Areas.

If these challenges are met, the Baltic Sea region can become a model of environmental sustainability and management for others to follow. Additionally, meeting these challenges will ensure that the Baltic Sea area will remain a source of jobs, food and recreation for the people living along its coastline.

The initiative was launched by Zennström Philanthropies in cooperation with more than fifty businesses, local governments, thought leaders, universities and non-governmental organizations dedicated to saving the Baltic Sea, including BUND, Seas at Risk member.

For more information about the campaign, the scheduled events, the bike ride, its partners and ambassadors please visit

Race for the Baltic website