BFFE - Baltic Farmers' Forum on Environment
Baltic Farmers' Forum on Environment
Baltic Farmers' Forum on Environment (BFFE) was launched in April 1998 as an initiative from the Nordic Farmers Council (NBC). Presidents of the farmers unions met in Gotland (Sweden) and discussed about the status of the Baltic Sea. The meeting resulted a declaration "Farmers for a Sustainable Future in The Baltic Sea Region".
The status of the Baltic Sea was found to be serious, and it was concluded that all the sectors involved (industry, agriculture, transport, energy production, fishery, tourism, forestry) must take the responsibility to improve the situation of the Baltic Sea. The organizations also urged governments to reserve resources for the adoption of agri-environmental measures. Finally the organizations declared their willingness to invest in the sustainable development of the Baltic Sea. The BFFE network was launched as a part of this process.
The declaration was signed by 12 organizations from 11 countries.
- Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF)
- Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners in Finland (MTK)
- The Central Union of Swedish-speaking Agricultural Producers in Finland (SLC)
- Association of Private Family Farmers and Agricultural Cooperatives of Russia (AKKOR)
- Estonian Farmers Federation (ETKL)
- Latvian Farmers Federation (LZF)
- Lithuanian Farmers Union (LUS)
- National Union of Farmers and Agricultural Clubs and Organisations (KRZKIOR), Poland
- Bauernverband Schleswig-Holstein (BVSH), Germany
- Danish Agriculture and Food Council (L&F)
- The Norwegian Farmers' Union (NFU)
- Farmers Assosiation of Iceland (Bondi)
NBC (Nordiska Bondeorganisationers Centralråd) manages and monitors the activities of BFFE together with the farmers unions in the area. The chairmanship follows the NBC chairmanship and rotates between Denmark, Finland, and Sweden. Currently L&F holds the coordinating role, and the BFFE secretariat is headed by senior advisor Marie Østergaard (L&F).
The aim of BFFE
The aim of BFFE is to strengthen the agri-environmental work among the farmer organisations. It also represents farmers around the Baltic Sea as an observer in HELCOM.
The vision of BFFE (Stockholm 2012)
Farmers and farmers’ organisations engagements
- Farmers’ organisations take an active part in environmental policy making processes
- Utilise given environmental tools such as free advice and EU agri-environmental support schemes to the greatest possible extent
- Further advocate practices and efforts that farmers make to improve the efficiency of production, which results in higher productivity and less environmental impact
Expectations on governments and administration
- Listen to farmers’ organisations and BFFE and take farmers’ interest in to account in the environmental policy
- Support economic viability and competitiveness of agriculture
- Provide a framework with realistic objectives
- Support agricultural research and advisory services to generate and transfer innovative solutions to farmers
Contact information of partner organizations
(*) members of secretariat
If you have any comments concerning these BFFE web pages, please contact Airi Kulmala.
- Newsletter of BFFE February 2023
- Newsletter of BFFE December 2021
- Newsletter of BFFE December 2020
- Newsletter of BFFE February 2020
Declarations, statements and letters
- 14.10.2021 Statement from the Baltic Sea Farmers’ Forum on Environment (BFFE) on the Declaration of the 2021 HELCOM Ministerial Meeting and on the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP)
- 11.2.2019 BFFE’s Proposal for phosphorus (P) equivalent for eutrophication potential (Helsinki Commission meeting March 2019) (pdf)
- 22.10.2018 Carbon sequestratation must be accounted for, Statement from the Nordic farmers, NBC (pdf)
- 6.3.2018: HELCOM Ministerial meeting, Statement of BFFE (pdf)
- 26.8.2016: Position of BFFE/NBC on Climate Efficient and Sustainable Nordic Livestock Breeding (pdf)
- 26.2.2015: The Hanasaari Declaration (pdf)
- 6.6.2013: Letter to HELCOM (pdf)
- 29.8.2012: Vision for a Sustainable Agriculture around the Baltic Sea (pdf)
- Sept. 2004: The Haikko Declaration (pdf)