Photo: CharlesHammarsten/The Royal Court, Sweden
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden opened the VI Annual Forum of EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) in Jurmala, Latvia, casting her greatest concern on the "deterioration of the water we share".
"It is my sincere wish that you all will use this opportunity to find constructive and innovative ways to move forward in our joint effort to make the Baltic Region prosper and to save our treasured Baltic Sea, the water that we share, the water that unites us", she concluded, to a raving applaud.
"Seven out of the ten largest marine dead zones in the world are to be found in the Baltic Sea. [--] The fish we love to eat are prevented from consuming due to the dioxins and PCB's accumulated in it," Her Royal Highness reminded the high-level participants of the Opening Session of the Forum.
In the Forum, HELCOM was presenting its extensive data and map service in the Networking Village as well as showcasing latest digital tools for communication in the Parallel Workshop. The materials will be made available at the Forum website.
Read the Crown Princess full speech here.
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The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, usually referred to as HELCOM, is an intergovernmental organization of the nine Baltic Sea coastal countries and the European Union working to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources of pollution and to ensure safety of navigation in the region. Since 1974, HELCOM has been the governing body of the 'Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area', more commonly known as the Helsinki Convention.
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