Brief information on the knowledge and research needs for achieving good environmental status identified by the Contracting Parties and HELCOM experts are here compiled in a common document with the aim to serve the development of activities in HELCOM as well as to inform external funding mechanisms on the knowledge and research needs for marine management purposes.
HELCOM State and Conservation Working Group agreed on the procedure for carrying out the survey (STATE & CONSERVATION 3-2015) and contribution was received from the following Contracting Parties and HELCOM Expert Groups/projects/networks: expert network on hazardous substances, expert network on underwater noise, FISH-PRO II, intersessional expert network on eutrophication, intersessional network on benthic habitats, JWG Bird, Lithuania, Mors Expert Group, Seal Expert Group and Sweden.
Note that current compilation is not exhaustive and will be updated with time as needed.
The survey is structured according to focal areas related to the implementation of the Baltic Sea Action Plan.
To facilitate the overview of results, respondents have indicated for each topic: