HELCOM Manuals and Guidelines
The COMBINE Manual is directed to all performing monitoring in the COMBINE Programme. The Manual defines the contributions made by all Contracting Parties and regulates all methods used. The COMBINE Manual is upadated and revised when there is a need for changes in the Programme content or for updating of technical annexes.
The monitoring of the waterborne pollution load is carried out according to PLC-Water Guidelines. The HELCOM Project for preparation of the Fifth Baltic Sea Pollution Load Compilation (PLC-5) has produced new Guidelines which should be followed when carrying out the PLC-5. The previous compilation, the 4th Pollution Load Compilation, was carried out by the PLC-4 Guidelines.
HELCOM MONAS 7/2004 approved the Guidelines for Monitoring of Radioactive Substances for discharges and radioactivity in the marine environment.
The Guidelines for the Disposal of Dredged Material at Sea were adopted by the 21st Meeting of the Heads of Delegation (June 2007) as authorized by the 28th Meeting of the Helsinki Commission (March 2007) with the intention to start the re-evaluation in 2007. Contracting Parties are obliged to apply these guidelines in their authorisation or regulation procedures for dredged material. However, the guidelines also contain recommendations that will not be applicable in all national or local circumstances.
The Project on Suitable Management of Contaminated Sediments (SMOCS) contributes to the revision of HELCOM guidelines on prevention of pollution of the Baltic Sea from dredging operations with, e.g., dissemination of information on best practices for both dredging methods and disposal options, as well as various ways of beneficial use of dredged material.