PRESSURE 8-2018 meets in Berlin to devise solutions to reduce land-based pollution affecting the Baltic Sea.
Key focus will be on discussing measures to reduce nutrient input, in line with the 2018 HELCOM Ministerial Declaration.
Eighth Meeting of the HELCOM Working Group on Reduction of Pressures from the
Baltic Sea Catchment Area (PRESSURE 8-2018) will be held in Berlin from
18 to 20 April 2018. The group is responsible for
devising solutions to reduce land-based pollution affecting the Baltic Sea.
It will be the first consultation of the PRESSURE group after the
adoption of the 2018 HELCOM Ministerial Declaration earlier this year in
Brussels, where HELCOM countries notably renewed their commitment to the BalticSea Action Plan (BSAP). In Berlin, the PRESSURE group will focus on enhancing
the implementation of the BSAP.
central emphasis will be placed on devising measures to reduce input of
nutrients, and on how to advance towards the maximum allowable inputs set by
the Copenhagen HELCOM Ministerial Declaration of 2013. The group will start the
planning phase of the implementation of the new Ministerial Commitments.
particular, it will discuss the components needed to develop a regional
strategy for nutrients recycling, as well as kick of
work on a
risk assessment framework for the management of internal nutrient reserves.
In line with the other BSAP
goals, the Meeting will also address pollution of the Baltic Sea environment by hazardous substances, and
expand its efforts to eradicate pollution hot spots in the Baltic Sea region
(“HELCOM hot spots”), including assessing the progress in mitigating the
environmental risks posed by the Krasny Bor toxic landfill in Russia.For more information, please contact:
Mr. Dmitry Frank-KamenetskyProfessional Secretary(Pressure, Agri, MSP)dmitry.frank-kamenetsky(at)helcom.fi