HELCOM's main tasks are carried out by the eight ​main groups. In addition, HELCOM projects or ad hoc groups can be established to provide an adaptive and flexible system for dealing with specific issues from a more thematic perspective. Such projects and groups create useful linkages between the work carried out within the permanent working groups.

>> Completed projects ​

Action area
BALTIC SCOPEGo to siteBaltic Sea joint cross-border maritime spatial planningMaritime spatial planning; FisheriesOngoing2015-2016
FISH-PRO IIGo to siteBaltic-Wide Assessment of Coastal Fish Communities in Support of an Ecosystem-based ManagementMonitoring and assessment; Species and habitats; FisheriesOngoing2013-2018
HOLAS IIGo to siteSecond Holistic Assessment of the Ecosystem Health of the Baltic SeaMonitoring and assessmentOngoing2015-2018
PEGGo to siteHELCOM Phytoplankton Expert GroupMonitoring and assessmentOngoing2014-2016
PLC-6Go to siteSixth Baltic Sea Pollution Load CompilationMonitoring and assessmentOngoing2012-2017
TAPASGo to siteHELCOM TAPAS: Development of HELCOM tools and approaches for the Second Holistic Assessment of the Ecosystem Health of the Baltic SeaMonitoring and assessmentOngoing2016-2018
ZEN-ZIIMGo to siteZooplankton Indicator Integration to Monitoring in the Baltic SeaMonitoring and assessmentOngoing2015-2017
BALTIC LINesGo to siteCoherent linear infrastructures in Baltic Maritime Spatial PlansMaritime spatial planning; ShippingOngoing2016-2019
SPICEGo to siteImplementation and development of key components for the assessment of Status, Pressures and Impacts, and Social and Economic evaluation in the Baltic Sea marine regionMonitoring and assessmentOngoing2017