Different human activities produce substances which are considered 'hazardous' to the natural environment. Traffic and transport, industry, farming and animal husbandry can all let out hazardous substances. In addition to these sources native to the Baltic Sea region, some airborne substances can travel thousands of kilometres from their sources affecting the Baltic Sea from a great distance.
BASE project is contributing to the understanding of specific hazardous substances in Kaliningrad, Russia by monitoring previously unmonitored points in the Pregolya catchment and by assessing the contamination of the Kaliningrad port oil terminal site and pollutants leaching from there to the Baltic Sea.
Furthermore, BASE is a front-runner in researching pharmaceuticals in waste water. The project identifies sources, substance flow and release patterns of pharmaceuticals (Ethinylestradiol and Diclofenac ) in St. Petersburg to the Baltic Sea. A small study in the amount of microplastics will also be carried out in cooperation with SUE Vodokanal of St. Petersburg.
Control of hazardous substances in the Baltic Sea region (COHIBA) project
Overview of organic hazardous waste destruction facilities in the Barents and Baltic Sea region countries (BEAC)
Обзор избранных предприятий по переработке и утилизации опасных органических отходов в странах Баренцева и Балтийского регионов (СБЕР)