Baltic Environmental Forum (BEF Germany)



Department carrying out activities: Climate Change and Energy

The Baltic Environmental Forum Germany (BEF Germany) is a non-governmental, is a non-governmental, non-profit association that promotes the implementation of EU environmental legislation and policies, and aims at improving environmental communication and education.

BEF Germany works in partnership with public administration, education institutions, business and other institutions in Germany and abroad. BEF Germany has managed and participated in several international projects on adaptation to climate change, energy efficiency and sustainable transport – the later topics are highly relevant to climate change mitigation. Besides these topics, BEF Germany also works on issues of nature conservation, marine protection and hazardous substances.

BEF Germany has a long experience in communication environmental problems either through seminars, workshops, planning simulations, study trips, or printed material such as recommendations, guidebooks, brochures and other media. Besides the communication of environmental problems, BEF Germany also analyzes why they are not easily solved and how to change that. We conduct interviews, study environmental data and networks, analyze media and assess and developments in politics, society and business.





Phil Siegel works as environmental expert for coastal and marine conservation at BEF Germany. Before completing a PhD in microalgae ecology at the University of Essex, he received a master’s degree in sustainable development from the Stockholm Resilience Center, and a bachelor’s degree in biology with a focus on marine science from Bremen University.



Damian Arikas works as an expert for climate change, energy and sustainable transport at the Baltic Environmental Forum Germany. Prior he was Marketing Manager at the Faculty of Sustainability at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Project manager and Campaigner for Energy and Climate Policy at Germanwatch, BUND, Bündnis90/Die Grünen and the Global Marshall Plan Foundation. Damian studied cultural sciences at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder and the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki.



Matthias Grätz is a project manager and environmental expert, working with the Baltic Environmental Forum for almost ten years. He is experienced in developing and leading international cooperation projects on energy efficiency, sustainable transport and especially adaptation to climate change. As a geographer, he is very interested in special landscapes such as island and the role that climate change will have on these landscapes. He is especially familiar with the North Sea and Baltic Sea Region, having spent several months in Sweden, Latvia and the Netherlands. Besides German, he speaks English, Swedish and Dutch.