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HELCOM-sails-through-shipping-heavy-week.aspxHELCOM sails through shipping-heavy weekEarly September was shipping-intensive, with HELCOM participating in three events on maritime activities in Sweden.10/09/2019Shipping
aerial-surveillance-report-2018.aspxHELCOM publishes its report on aerial surveillance of discharges at sea in 2018HELCOM recently published its report on aerial surveillance of discharges at sea in 2018, confirming the trend of reduction of spills in the Baltic Sea, especially mineral oils.10/09/2019Shipping; Response to spills
joint-HELCOM-OSPAR-bycatch-workshop.aspxBye-bye bycatch: HELCOM and OSPAR are pooling efforts to deal with incidental catch of speciesTo better understand incidental bycatch of marine mammals and seabirds due to fishing, HELCOM and its sister organization from the North Sea, OSPAR, held a joint workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark from 3 to 5 September 2019.09/09/2019Species and habitats; Fisheries
red-sea-goes-baltic.aspxThe Red Sea goes BalticWhat can the Red Sea learn from its sister sea, the Baltic, and vice-versa? A high-level delegation from the Red Sea countries came to HELCOM on 28 August 2019 to exchange views on regional cooperation relating to marine environmental matters.02/09/2019Not applicableNot Applicable
noise-sensitivity-report.aspxHELCOM publishes report on noise sensitivity of animals in the Baltic SeaThe recently published HELCOM report "Noise sensitivity of animals in the Baltic Sea" shows how marine mammals, fish and diving birds may react to underwater sound in the Baltic Sea.19/08/2019Underwater noise; Marine litter and noise; Species and habitatsPRESSURE; STATE
HELCOM-gets-a-new-Executive-Secretary.aspxHELCOM gets a new Executive Secretary An international lawyer by training, Rüdiger Strempel looks back on many years of experience of environmental law, policy, and diplomacy at the national and international levels, with a particular focus on international marine conservation. 08/08/2019Not applicable
welcome-remarks-by-Rudiger-Strempel.aspxWelcome remarks by Rüdiger Strempel, HELCOM's new Executive SecretaryOn 1 August 2019 I assumed the position of Executive Secretary of HELCOM. I am very pleased to join such a well-established and mature organization that is based on solid foundations.08/08/2019Not applicable
-change-of-executive-secretary-in-2019.aspxHELCOM's Executive Secretary will change in August 2019The current Executive Secretary of HELCOM, Ms Monika Stankiewicz, will step down from her position and hand over to her successor, Mr Rüdiger Strempel, on 1 August 2019. Strempel was appointed during the HELCOM Annual Meeting held in March 2019. 19/06/2019Not applicable
HOD-56-2019.aspxHELCOM Hot Spots: two Kaliningrad pollution sites get wiped off the list at key HELCOM meeting​Two former pollution sites located in the Kaliningrad region in Russia were approved for removal from the HELCOM Hot Spot list by the HELCOM Heads of Delegation, one of the decision-making instances, during their last meeting held in Helsinki.19/06/2019Industrial releases; Land based pollution
BASEMAPS-makes-maritime-spatial-planning-easier.aspxMaritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea region just became easier with the web-based tool BASEMAPSBASEMAPS is a web-based tool to access Baltic MSP decentralized data through open standards services.13/06/2019Maritime spatial planningMSP WG
expert-interview-andris-andrusaitis-and-karoliina-koho.aspxHELCOM expert interview: Andris Andrusaitis and Karoliina Koho on BONUS, BANOS and research fundingAndris Andrusaitis: Policy-science interaction is a paramount, as research and projects that we are funding need to have some sort of effect. At BONUS, we are tuning all our calls towards practical impacts and evidence-based policy.10/06/2019Not applicable
halfway-for-RETROUT.aspxHalfway there: RETROUT project for promoting sustainable fishing and viable fish stocks convenes for its mid-term meetingThe RETROUT project had its mid-term meeting in Gdańsk, Poland from 8 to 9 May 2019, looking at achievements so far and the next steps to be taken. 14/05/2019Species and habitats; Fisheries
G7-workshop-on-marine-litter-in-metz.aspxOn marine litter, a G7 workshop in France highlights the central role of Regional Seas Conventions The central role of Regional Seas Conventions such as HELCOM in the fight against the global pressure of marine litter was underscored at a key G7 workshop on marine litter that took place in Metz, France from 5 to 6 May 2019. 09/05/2019Marine litter and noise
HELCOM-expert-interview-jannica-haldin-on-biodiversity.aspxHELCOM expert interview: Jannica Haldin on biodiversityBiodiversity refers to the variety and variability of all life on Earth, and, contrary to common perception, it is a measure of variation at both the genetic, species, community and ecosystem level. Thus, it doesn't only deal with species.03/05/2019Species and habitats
PRESSURE-10-2019.aspxAt PRESSURE 10-2019, the HELCOM group dealing with pressures on the Baltic Sea ploughs through nutrients, stormwater and microlitterNutrients, stormwater and microlitter were headlining the Tenth Meeting of HELCOM Working Group on Reduction of Pressures from the Baltic Sea Catchment Area (PRESSURE 10-2019) that was held in Tallinn from 9 to 12 April 2019.17/04/2019Land based pollution; Industrial releases; Marine litter; Underwater noisePRESSURE
BALEX-DELTA-2018-Main-Exercise-Evaluation-report.aspx​BALEX DELTA 2018 final report looks into one of the world's largest exercises on response to oil and chemical spills at seaWith the Main Exercise Evaluation report on the BALEX DELTA 2018 exercise now publicly available, insight is given into one of the world's largest response exercises at sea dealing with oil and chemical spills.12/04/2019Response to spills; Shipping
Interreg-conference-in-Luebeck-lets-talk-about-achievements.aspxAt Interreg conference, HELCOM talks policy making, nutrient recycling and clean shippingHELCOM shared its views on environmental policy making, nutrient recycling and clean shipping at the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme Conference that was held in Lübeck from 9 to 10 April 2019.10/04/2019Shipping; Land based pollution; Agriculture
HELCOM-VASAB-meets-in-Hamburg.aspxEcosystem approach in maritime spatial planning is the central focus at joint HELCOM-VASAB meetingTo boost coherence in maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea region, the 18th Meeting of the joint HELCOM-VASAB Maritime Spatial Planning Working Group (HELCOM-VASAB MSP WG 18-2019) was convened in Hamburg, Germany from on 27 to 28 March 2019.04/04/2019Maritime spatial planning
helcom-expert-interview-marta-ruiz-on-marine-litter.aspxHELCOM expert interview: Marta Ruiz on marine litter"Marine litter is an unsolicited input from our industrialised society and consumerism to our aquatic ecosystems."02/04/2019Marine litter
helcom-launches-alternative-fuels-report.aspxHELCOM publishes report on alternative fuels for shipping in the Baltic Sea regionHELCOM in April 2019 published its "Alternative fuels for shipping in the Baltic Sea region" report, as part of the EnviSuM project that looks into clean shipping solutions from both a technical and socio-economic viewpoint.02/04/2019Shipping
Baltic-Sea-Day-2019-in-St-Petersburg.aspx​At Baltic Sea Day 2019 in Russia, the focus is on nutrient reduction in support of HELCOM workLooking back on 20 years of its existence as a platform addressing the environmental challenges of the Baltic Sea, the XX Anniversary International Environmental Forum "Baltic Sea Day" (BSD 2019) was held in St. Petersburg, Russia from 21 to 22 March 201926/03/2019Not applicable
IWGAS-2019-in-Tallinn.aspxAerial surveillance of spills and discharges at sea in the Baltic gets scrutinized at HELCOM meeting in TallinnImproving surveillance of spills and discharges at sea was a main subject at the Annual Meeting of the HELCOM Informal Working Group on Aerial Surveillance (IWGAS 2019) that was held in Tallinn, Estonia from 20 to 21 March 2019.26/03/2019Shipping; Response to spillsMARITIME; RESPONSE
HELCOM-at-UNEA-4.aspxAt UNEA-4, HELCOM furthers the debate on marine litterHELCOM participated in the Fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) that took place in Nairobi, Kenya from 11 to 15 March 2019, where it particularly contributed in advancing the debate on marine litter, microplastics and ocean-literacy.15/03/2019Marine litter
HELCOM-40-2019.aspxHELCOM addresses future orientations and adopts key recommendations on environmental protection during its annual meetingAt the 40th Meeting of the Helsinki Commission that was held in Helsinki (HELCOM 40-2019), Finland, from 6 to 7 March 2019, the HELCOM members addressed key orientations for the future, and also adopted several recommendations aimed at strengthening...07/03/2019Not applicable
ACTION-project-and-SOM-platform-launch.aspxThe update of the Baltic Sea Action plan takes another concrete step with the launch of two key initiatives on the sufficiency of measures to reach good environmental status The update of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) has taken another concrete step with the launch of two central initiatives, the ACTION project and the HELCOM SOM Platform. Launched in Helsinki during the end of February, both will focus on...01/03/2019HOLAS II; Monitoring and assessment
HELCOM-expert-interview--Heini-Ahtiainen-on-Economic-and-Social-Analysis.aspxHELCOM expert interview: Heini Ahtiainen on Economic and Social Analysis (ESA)Heini Ahtiainen is a project researcher on Economic and Social Analyses at the HELCOM Secretariat Question: What has economic and social analysis (ESA) to do with the flounder? Or: why has ESA become prevalent in HELCOM work?01/03/2019Monitoring and assessment; HOLAS IIGEAR
OpenRisk-Baltic-Sea-case-study.aspx​HELCOM case study showcases the potential of the OpenRisk guideline for maritime risk assessments related to oil spillsHELCOM has recently published a case study for the Baltic Sea showing the potential of the recently developed OpenRisk guideline for assessing maritime risk related to oil spills.28/02/2019Response to spills; Shipping; Monitoring and assessment
FISH-PRO-III-meeting-2019.aspxCoastal fish assessments will continue in the Baltic Sea with renewed HELCOM projectCoastal fish assessments will continue to be carried out in the Baltic Sea with renewed commitment from the HELCOM countries, as shown during the first meeting of the FISH-PRO III project that was held in Helsinki from 12 to 14 February 2019. 15/02/2019Fisheries; Monitoring and assessment; Species and habitatsFISH/ENV; STATE
RP-multi-stakeholder-dialogue.aspxStrengthening capacities for global ocean assessments is the central theme at UN conference in New YorkTo strengthen marine assessments around the world, the United Nations convened a capacity building conference in New York from 24 to 25 January 2019. HELCOM was invited to share its experience about assessing the Baltic Sea and managing a regional sea.29/01/2019Monitoring and assessment; HOLAS II
FanpLESStic-sea-launch.aspxFanpLESStic-sea: New research project focuses on reducing microplastics in the Baltic Sea A new research project will focus on decreasing and removing microplastics in the Baltic Sea. The project will increase knowledge and understanding about dispersal pathways and sources through measurements in different flows in society.16/01/2019Marine litter; Marine litter and noise
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