The MARE Foundation
01-214 Warsaw, Poland
Phone number: +48 796 776 725
The main objectives of the MARE Foundation are:
- Protection of the environment, in particular marine ecosystems and ecological processes occurring in the sea in order to protect biodiversity and improve the quality of life;
- Conservation of the marine living resources and their habitats through measures aimed at promoting sustainable exploitation of marine and coastal resources;
- Protection of ecosystem and its components having an impact on the marine environment;
- Shaping up and raising public awareness in environmental matters;
- Helping people affected by ecological disasters and their effects.
The initiators of the establishment of the MARE Foundation are Ewa Milewska and Piotr Prędki, who have for many years successfully worked for the protection and sustainable development of marine areas (information on the initiators can be found below). Faced with the challenges associated with the implementation of the principles of sustainable exploitation of the living resources they came to the conclusion that in Poland there is no organisation uniquely focused on the protection of marine ecosystems.
In the initial phase of its activities, the MARE Foundation is planning to deal with the protection of the Baltic Sea. 99.7% of the territory of Poland lies within the Baltic Sea Basin. In practice it means that almost everyone, often without realising this, indirectly affects the state of its ecosystem. Despite numerous media campaigns and projects the state of the Baltic Sea is still unsatisfactory. This fact has been confirmed by the “Preliminary assessment of the state of the marine environment of the Polish zone of the Baltic Sea”, prepared on behalf of the Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection. These data indicate the need to undertake intensive efforts in order to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) until 2020. The MARE Foundation is committed to face these challenges.
The MARE Foundation is a member of Seas at Risk – an umbrella organisation of environmental NGOs from across Europe that promotes ambitious policies for marine protection at European and international level.
Information of the Board members of the MARE Foundation:
Vice-Chair of the Board of the MARE Foundation
+48 504 172 058
Ewa Milewska has gained her experience related to the rational and sustainable exploitation of the marine living resources since 1992, first working in the Secretariat of the International Baltic Sea Fishery Commission (until 2006). After the accession of Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania to the European Union the Commission had ceased to exist. Ewa Milewska continued her work on the protection of marine ecosystems through the Baltic Sea Regional Advisory Council, where she acted as Vice-Chair (2007-2015) and co-operation with various NGOs in the Baltic Sea region, primarily with WWF Poland, where she was first the expert on sustainable fisheries, then Baltic Team Co-ordinator and then Deputy Head of Nature Conservation Department. Ewa Milewska was one of the initiators of the Polish Fisheries Round Table, the first such initiative gathering all stakeholders engaged in fisheries, facilitating open discussions between fishermen, scientists, NGOs and government representatives. She was also one of the initiators of the ghost net removal project in the Baltic Sea.