About the Baltic Environmental Forum

The Baltic Environmental Forum is turning 15 years of fostering the implementation of European environmental policies in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond.

The technical assistance project (now - Baltic Environmental Forum/ BEF) was set up in 1995 to strengthen cooperation of the Baltic States in the field of environmental policy and later to assist in the EU accession process. Multi-stakeholder seminars, trainings and information days have been the key tools for meeting these objectives.

Since its inception, the technical assistance project organized over 500 events, gathering national environmental administrations, industries, experts, scientific institution and municipalities of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Thematic focus was on EU accession policy in environmental sector in inter-sectoral cooperation (e.g., environment and transport; environment and health). With EU accession the technical assistance projects ended in December 2004.

However, to keep the networks active and to implement more projects in the Baltic Sea Region the experts has founded new NGOs in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Germany in 2003 and “merged” them as Baltic Environmental Forum Group (BEF Group). It is a network of five independent, non-profit, non-governmental, environmental organisations.

Through newly designated nature reserves, water management and waste management strategies, application of marine protection indicators, a modern chemicals policy, and transport and energy concepts for cities and communities, the Baltic Environmental Forum team has contributed significantly to the Baltic and EU environmental change. The competence team built up is now not only a sought-after partner in the Baltic Sea Region, but has also transferred the experiences from the Baltic to the Balkans and the eastern neighbors of the EU and acts as a think tank for environmental policy processes in pan-European projects. 

Now, 15 years have passed since the creation of the independent BEF organisations and BEF-Group is living a well-deserved 15th anniversary celebration. By now, the staff count has grown to 48 and all BEF offices have acquired project funds for the region amounting to roughly 50 million €. Since 2003, nearly 220 projects have been implemented (including ongoing projects).

BEF can reach even more people, organizations and municipalities around Europe. And of course, BEF will keep standing and fostering the implementation of European environmental policies around the Baltic Sea and beyond by implementing various multi- national projects either as lead partner or as project partner.

If you want to read more information about BEF-Group 15th Anniversary we  invite you to find out more by getting acquainted the materials that we have fondly prepared (see at the end of this page).


As an NGO, the Baltic Environmental Forum - Germany (BEF-Germany) promotes environmental protection in the Baltic Sea region but also in the Hamburg metropolitan region and in other regions of South and Eastern Europe, such as the Balkan states. Specifically, it promotes environmental management in the fields of administration, business and other institutions, the implementation of EU environmental legislation and policies, the development of competence in the field for environmental protection in institutions, pressure groups and other associations, environmental protection workshops, environmental management training, project work as well as safe-guarding the interests of the environment in national and international committees.

Furthermore, BEF Germany brings western political science and sociological expertise to add up on the environmental knowledge of the Baltic BEF team and support their work becoming more political - the tasks are to develop target group assessments and policy performance evaluation tools.

BEF has created one of the foundations for the development of modern environmental legislation in the Baltic States. For many years BEF has generated environmental knowledge and competences in the environmental and management area. The implementation of the concepts was made possible, above all, by the development of European funds.


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BEF Statutes
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