Working Groups of HELCOM
HELCOM's six main groups implement policies and strategies, and propose issues for discussion at the meetings of the Heads of Delegations, where decisions are made.
The groups address different aspects of HELCOM's work in preventing pollution and protecting the Baltic marine environment:
Group for Implementation of the Ecosystem Approach (HELCOM GEAR)
The Nature Protection and Biodiversity Group (HELCOM HABITAT)
The Land-based Pollution Group (HELCOM LAND)
The Maritime Group (HELCOM MARITIME)
The Monitoring and Assessment Group (HELCOM MONAS)
The Response Group (HELCOM RESPONSE)
In addition to the main groups, a few important topics are addressed more specifically by the following platforms:
HELCOM Fisheries and Environment Forum (HELCOM FISH/ENV FORUM) serves as a platform for dialogue between fisheries and environmental authorities on marine biodiversity and sustainable fisheries
HELCOM Agriculture and Environment Forum (HELCOM AGRI/ENV FORUM) enhances the dialogue between agricultural and environmental authorities on the development and application of sustainable agricultural practices with the least environmental impact on the Baltic Sea.
Joint HELCOM-VASAB Maritime Spatial Planning Working Group (HELCOM VASAB MSP WG) is developing coherent Maritime Spatial Planning Principles that have been agreed by the two intergovernmental organizations.