History

The Baltic Sea Conservation Foundation was founded in 2014 as International Baltic Sea Foundation for Nature Conservation. It was a result of an agreement between the Nord Stream AG and the environmental organisations BUND Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and WWF Germany. The founder is the Nord Stream AG.

The foundation was created as a result of a lengthy discussion about the compensation of the ecological impacts of the Nord Stream gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea. In the context of a extrajudicial conciliation settlement, the environmental organisations achieved an important number of improvements to the environmental compensation measures. One additional outcome of this process has been the allocation of funds for this foundation.

Extensive avoidance and monitoring measures were taken in the context of the authorisation process and construction of the Nord Stream gas pipeline in order to guarantee as far as possible a minimisation of the impacts of construction of the pipeline on the Baltic Sea. Furthermore, the environmental organisations BUND Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and WWF Germany concluded an additional agreement with the Nord Stream AG to ensure perpetuity and additionality of nature conservation measures. The Naturschutzstiftung Deutsche Ostsee (2011) and the International Baltic Sea Foundation for Nature Conservation – which operates under the short name of Baltic Sea Conservation Foundation (baltcf) –  were founded to implement and support suitable projects in the German and international Baltic Sea region. The establishment of these foundations secures a lasting and independent commitment for nature conservation in the Baltic Sea region.