The International Baltic Sea Foundation for Nature Conservation-which operates under the short name Baltic Sea Conservation Foundation (baltcf) – was created in 2014. It was the result of an agreement between the environmental organisations BUND Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and WWF Germany and the founder Nord Stream AG.
The foundation was created as a result of a complex discussion about the compensation of the ecological impacts of the first Nord Stream gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea. In the context of an extrajudicial conciliation settlement, the environmental organisations achieved an important number of improvements to the environmental compensation measures.
Extensive avoidance and monitoring measures were taken in the context of the authorisation process and construction of the first Nord Stream gas pipeline in order to guarantee, as far as possible, a minimal impact on the Baltic Sea and its environment. Furthermore, the environmental organisations BUND Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and WWF Germany concluded an additional agreement with the Nord Stream AG to ensure perpetuity and continuity of nature conservation measures.
As a result the Naturschutzstiftung Deutsche Ostsee (2011) (which operates under the name “OSTSEESTIFTUNG”) and the Baltic Sea Conservation Foundation were both founded to implement and support suitable projects in Germany and all countries of the Baltic Sea Region. The establishment of these foundations secures a lasting and independent commitment for nature conservation in the Baltic Sea Region.