The HELCOM Baltic Sea environment fact sheets
are to be developed taking into account the assessment needs of HELCOM and also
considering EU directives and marine policy under the Russian Federation.
The objective is that HELCOM will have a
number of approved Baltic Sea environment fact sheets available on
an annual basis via the HELCOM website. The information contained in the
fact sheets supports other HELCOM assessment products.
The Baltic Sea environment fact sheets are
produced and updated by responsible institutes. A list of the institutes and
data centres providing Baltic Sea environment fact sheets is kept updated by
the HELCOM Secretariat and scrutinized by HELCOM State and Conservation and Pressure Working
Groups on a regular basis.
The Baltic Sea environment fact sheet
should be scientifically sound and written in English.
The Baltic Sea environment fact sheet presents
selected parameters that reflect ecosystem components and events, or impacts
and pressures from human activities, with the aim of supporting the
understanding of changes in the status of the Baltic Sea. They should be based
on time series and trends to greatest possible extent so that changes in
pressures and/or state can be evaluated.
Institute logos can be used to present the
responsible institute(s) and data centre(s). Author name(s) should be given so
that the sheets can be properly referenced.
The outline contained in Annex 1 should be
followed in all fact sheets.
The basic report should be concise and preferably not longer than 5 pages,
including figures. Links should be used to other relevant fact sheets or other
In order to make the Baltic Sea environment
fact sheets clear and reader-friendly, information could be presented, in
addition to the basic report, in several linked hypertext documents, keeping
the most important information on the basic report.
The key message should be short and communicative.
Units should preferably follow the International System of Units (SI).
Graphs should be easily readable with proper scales and readable fonts and
understandable without confronting the text. Formatting of text should be
identical to the formatting of the template included in Annex 3.
Instead of series of annual maps, a
temporal trend, if possible, should be made and only the map referring to the
most recent year should be presented; previous maps could be presented on a
second layer of the fact sheet.
Unified division of the Baltic Sea should
be used as contained in Annex 2.
New Baltic Sea environment fact sheets
must be delivered to the Secretariat, whereafter a review takes place according
to the following procedure:
Existing Baltic Sea environment fact sheets
are updated and published on the HELCOM website intersessionally
without separate approval process by HELCOM State and Conservation or Pressure.
Proposals for new Baltic Sea environment
fact sheets should be submitted to the Secretariat annually by 1 September for
the expert review process.
Update of existing Baltic Sea environment
fact sheets should be annually submitted to the Secretariat no later than 30
The Secretariat summarizes annually the
list of BSEFS and their update status for the consideration of HELCOM State and
The content of HELCOM
Baltic Sea environment fact sheets should pursue the following outline:
1. Title of Baltic Sea environment fact sheet
2. Key message
3. Results and assessment
content of the fact sheets should allow the following general questions to be
answered. These questions should be seen as a test that is applied to each fact
sheet submitted for review and acceptance by HELCOM State and Conservation or HELCOM Pressure.
The HELCOM Baltic Sea environment fact sheets are to present information based on the sub-basin division agreed on in the HELCOM Monitoring and Assessment Strategy, as shown below.
Map of the Baltic Sea presenting the
HELCOM sub-division into 17 open sub-basins and 42 coastal areas. The names of
the open sea areas and coastal areas are provided in Tables 1 and 2 of Attachment 4 of the HELCOM Monitoring and Assessment Strategy (2013).
Formatting of text in BSEFS should be
identical to the formatting of this template.
For reference purposes, please cite this indicator fact sheet as follows:
[Author's name(s)], [Year]. [Indicator Fact Sheet title]. HELCOM Baltic Sea Environment Fact Sheets 2015. Online. [Date Viewed],
http://www.helcom.fi/baltic-sea-trends/environment-fact-sheets/ ADD FULL LINK
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