PROTECT BALTIC addresses the urgent need to expand marine protected areas in the Baltic Sea. On 29 February 2024, the project is hosting its inaugural conference. At the event, stakeholders working in the region will gather to discuss how they can cooperate on a number of topics, including guidelines for managing marine protected areas, spatial modelling, ecosystem services, legal frameworks for planning marine spaces, contributing to a restoration action plan and fostering a shared regional understanding of marine spatial protection that establishes common terminology and sets ecologically relevant protection targets and indicators.  

Parallel to the conference, PROTECT BALTIC is also organising a youth event, which aims to give a platform to young people to express their views on the environment, including what needs to be done for marine protection and how we can redefine our relationship with nature.  

Practical information:  

  • Date: 29 February 2024  
  • Location: HANAHOLMEN Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre Hanasaarenranta 5 FI-02100 Espoo  
  • Register for the main conference here 
  • Register for the online youth event here 
  • The conference is also hybrid. A link to the livestream will be made available closer to the event date.  
  • Further information and the conference programme can be found here