Welcome to find support for water protection!

Welcome to finding information, examples and practical tips for water protection!

Tools for water protection is a web-based toolbox providing support for implementing water protection actions at local level. It is designed for professionals and experts who do concrete work, strategic planning or make decisions on water protection in cities, municipalities, companies, NGOs or other organisations.

The Toolbox provides information and tools that assist with water protection. In addition to practical tips, tools and background information, in the Bank of Actions you can browse actions that local organisations have already implemented for the protection of local waters and the Baltic Sea – and you can also share your organisation’s own actions!

This site was established in 2015 by the EU Life+ funded project CITYWATER, in collaboration with the Baltic Sea Challenge. The first tools are based on the results of the CITYWATER project. The site is now managed and updated by the Baltic Sea Challenge. More tools and actions are needed – please contact us and tell us about your ideas!

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The Baltic Sea Challenge

Action at the local level is the key! Join the network and find ideas, examples, best practices and possibilities for collaboration.

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Communication strategy

Find tips and guidelines on how to communicate the benefits of water protection efficiently to get your message through!

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Cost-benefit analysis

Learn how the benefits of water protection can be assessed and compared to the costs of implementation!

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Storm water solutions

Considering implementing sustainable storm water solutions? Read about solutions, tips and recommendations for practical work!

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Find inspiration and ideas in water protection actions implemented by the Baltic Sea Challenge network.
Browse the Bank of Actions!


Awareness raising

Hazardous materials

Littering etc.

Oil spill prevention

Research and monitoring

Shipping and boating

Stormwater management

Strategies and programs

Wastewater management


Drainage basin

Photography competition: The Baltic sea, Our sea

Actor: Turku Region Nature Photographers Association   ●   Year: 2008   ●   Address: Humalistonkatu 9-11, Turku, Finland

Turku Region Nature Photographers Association together with Turun Sanomat newspaper executed ”The Baltic sea, Our sea” photography competition 18 March – 30 September 2008. Partners in the co-operation were the Nature Conservation District of Southwest Finland (Varsinais-Suomen Luonnonsuojelupiiri ry) and the Rajala Pro Shop. Own webpages were opened for the competition and it operated fully on the internet where it was possible for the public to evaluate the photos. The photos got more than 77 000 reviews. On the whole there were 440 photographers that participated in the competition with 2608 pictures.© Turun Seudun Luonnonvalokuvaajat ry / Jukka Haltimo


The results of the competition were published on 11 November 2008 in the Rajala’s Evening of the nature photography (Rajalan luontokuvailta) in which almost 1000 friends of the Baltic Sea participated. All the pictures of the competition were on view at the window gallery of Pulssi Medical Center in Turku in December 2008. The best 20 photos of the competition were also compiled into Baltic Sea, Our sea photograph exhibition, which was on view in several different locations during 2009-2010. The Baltic Sea, Our sea calendar was made of these pictures by Turun Sanomat newspaper and the profit made by selling the calendar donated to the Protection Fund for the Archipelago Sea.


Increasing awareness about the Baltic Sea.

Background information

1. prize Teemu Köppä "Ray of light” (Valon pilkahdus)
2. prize Erkki Jylhä "At the southern fishing lodges” (Eteläisillä kalamajoilla)
3. prize Jukka Haltimo " Arctic tern” (Lapintiira)

© Turun Seudun Luonnonvalokuvaajat ry / Köppä, Jylhä, Haltimo

Further information

Name: Jaakko Ruola   ●  Email: jaakko.ruola (a) kolumbus.fi   ●  Web page: http://www.tslk.fi/