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OpenRisk-Guideline-gets-launched.aspxOpenRisk launches guideline for risk management at sea to improve response to accidental spillsThe HELCOM-led OpenRisk project recently published its “OpenRisk Guideline for Regional Risk Management to Improve European Pollution Preparedness and Response at Sea”, providing guidelines and methods for maritime risk management.15/11/2018Response to spills; ShippingRESPONSE
BONUS-HELCOM-stakeholder-conference.aspxBONUS and HELCOM advance the environmental agenda of the Baltic Sea and bolster cooperation with other sea basins at key conference​To draw from the lessons of their respective initiatives for improving the Baltic Sea environment, BONUSand HELCOMinvited stakeholders from the region to the Joint BONUS-HELCOM Conference: Research and Innovation for Sustainability09/11/2018HOLAS II; Monitoring and assessment
OpenRisk-workshop-at-WMU.aspxFinal Inter-regional Workshop on Risk Assessment Tools for Pollution Preparedness and ResponseThe fourth, and final, Inter-regional Workshop on Risk Assessment Tools for Pollution Preparedness and Response under the OpenRisk project was hosted by WMU in Malmö, Sweden on 30 October 2018.02/11/2018Shipping; Response to spillsRESPONSE
State-and-conservation-9-2018.aspxNature conservation and monitoring of the Baltic Sea’s ecosystem take centre stage in Copenhagen during STATE & CONSERVATION 9-2018​Nature conservation and monitoring of the Baltic Sea's ecosystem were the focus of attention during the Ninth Meeting of the HELCOM Working Group on the State of the Environment and Nature Conservation (STATE & CONSERVATION 9-2018).29/10/2018Marine protected areas; Marine litter and noise; Monitoring and assessment; Species and habitatsSTATE
SuMaNu-kick-off-meeting.aspxSuMaNu, a new regional project platform on nutrient management gets launched at HELCOMAs part of the Baltic Sea region’s efforts to thwart eutrophication and its causes, the platform “Sustainable manure and nutrient management for reduction of nutrient loss in the Baltic Sea Region” (SuMaNu) had its kick-off meeting at HELCOM.25/10/2018Agriculture; Land based pollutionAgri group; LAND; AGRI/ENV
PLC6-reports-on-hazardous-substances-and-nutrients.aspxHELCOM publishes reports on hazardous substances and input of nutrients to the Baltic Sea through the region biggest riversHELCOM recently published two reports on hazardous substances and inputs of nutrients through the seven biggest rivers in the Baltic Sea region.   The reports show the results from the HELCOM Pollution Load Compilation (PLC) project.24/10/2018Land based pollution; Agriculture; Industrial releases; Monitoring and assessment; PharmaceuticalsPRESSURE
PRESSURE-9-2018.aspxHELCOM group meets in Riga to address land-based pollution and pressures on the Baltic SeaThe HELCOM Pressure group met in Riga, Latvia from 10 to 12 October 2018 to tackle matters related to land-based pollution of the Baltic Sea, during the Ninth Meeting of the Working Group on Reduction of Pressures from the Baltic Sea Catchment Area (PRESS19/10/2018Land based pollution; Marine litter and noisePRESSURE
RETROUT-project-for-promoting-coastal-fishing-in-the-Baltic-Sea-convenes-in-Stockholm-for-its-yearly-partnership-meeting.aspxRETROUT project for promoting coastal fishing in the Baltic Sea convenes in Stockholm for its yearly partnership meetingFor their yearly partnership meeting, the RETROUT project team members met in Stockholm from 1 to 2 October 2018 to report on the current state of the project and devise on future approaches and activities to be included in an updated of the work plan. Wi05/10/2018Fisheries; Maritime spatial planning; Monitoring and assessment; Species and habitats
MARITIME-18-2018-Meeting-in-Hamburg.aspxMARITIME 18-2018: HELCOM group meets in Hamburg to approve current work and future agenda on maritime mattersBaltic Sea maritime matters took centre stage at the 18th Meeting of the HELCOM Maritime Working Group (MARITIME 18-2018) that was held in Hamburg, Germany from 25 to 27 September 2018.28/09/2018ShippingMARITIME
State-of-the-Baltic-Sea-report-gets-an-update.aspx​HELCOM State of the Baltic Sea report: despite improvements, the Baltic Sea is not yet in a good stateThe recently updated HELCOM State of the Baltic Sea report is now publicly available, providing a complete insight about the ecological state of the Baltic Sea and the pressures affecting it. Despite improvements, the sea is not yet in a good state.26/09/2018HOLAS II; Monitoring and assessmentGEAR; STATE; PRESSURE
Interview-Maria-Laamanen.aspxState of the Baltic Sea: Interview with Maria LaamanenMaria Laamanen is the Head of the Finnish Delegation to HELCOM and works at the Finnish Ministry of the Environment. She answers questions about the process that led to the State of the Baltic Sea report.26/09/2018Monitoring and assessment; HOLAS IIGEAR; STATE; PRESSURE
WOA-II-workshop-in-Valetta.aspxHELCOM contributes to the preparation of the UN's second World Ocean Assessment A HELCOM team presented its expertise on marine management and sea assessment during a United Nations-led regional workshop held in Valetta, Malta from 27 to 28 August 2018.28/08/2018HOLAS II; Monitoring and assessment
BALEX-DELTA-2018.aspxBaltic Sea region tests its ability to respond to major maritime incidentsThe Baltic Sea region's ability to respond to major maritime incidents will be thoroughly tested once more during the BALEX DELTA 2018 exercise that will be held in Karlskrona, Sweden from 28 to 30 August 2018. 27/08/2018ShippingMARITIME; RESPONSE
HELCOM-publishes-report-on-sewage-port-reception-facilities-in-the-Baltic-Sea.aspxHELCOM publishes report on sewage port reception facilities in the Baltic SeaThe recently published HELCOM report Baltic Sea Sewage Port Reception Facilities – HELCOM overview 2018 provides information on the status of sewage port reception facilities (PRF) and their use in the Baltic Sea area, with a focus on international cruise20/08/2018ShippingMARITIME
HELCOM-at-SBSTTA-22-in-Montreal.aspxAt UN conference in Canada, HELCOM shares its insights on marine litter and the management of sea areasHELCOM shared its insights on both marine litter and the management of sea areas in the Baltic Sea region during a UN conference held in Montreal, Canada earlier this July.16/07/2018HOLAS II; Marine litter; Marine protected areas; Maritime spatial planning
HELCOM-Heads-of-Delegation-convene-in-Helsinki-key-meeting.aspxHELCOM Heads of Delegation convene in Helsinki key meeting, approve the Baltic Sea Action Plan update process and welcome new HELCOM chairHELCOM’s roadmap for the future took centre stage during the 54th Meeting of the Heads of Delegation (HOD 54-2018) that was held in Helsinki, Finland from 14 to 15 June 2017.15/06/2018Not applicable
Speech-by-HELCOM-Chair-Marianne-Wenning-at-the-diplomatic-lunch-2018.aspxSpeech by HELCOM Chair Marianne Wenning at the diplomatic lunch 2018Speech by Ms Marianne Wenning, Chair of the Helsinki Commission from 1.7-2016 to 30.6.2018, at the HELCOM Diplomatic Lunch on 13 June 201813/06/2018Not applicable
EUSBSR-Annual-Forum-in-Tallinn.aspxMore needs to be done: EUSBSR Annual Forum in Tallinn addresses Baltic Sea environmental challengesMarine environmental issues were a high priority at the 9th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) held in Tallinn, Estonia from 4 to 5 June 2018.06/06/2018HOLAS II
Data-from-HELCOM-countries-on-pollution-and-nutrient-load.aspxData from HELCOM countries on pollution and nutrient load in the Baltic Sea is now available to the publicA new online resource compiling data reported by HELCOM countries on input of nutrients to the Baltic Sea has recently been made available to the public. 05/06/2018Land based pollution
AGRI-6-2018-in-Riga.aspxHELCOM group meets in Riga to discuss nutrients from land-based sourcesAgricultural practices and their effects on the Baltic Sea were the main focus of the Sixth Meeting of the HELCOM Group on Sustainable Agricultural Practices (AGRI 6-2018) that was held at the Ministry of Agriculture in Riga, Latvia from 15 to 16 May 201818/05/2018Agriculture; Land based pollutionAgri group; AGRI/ENV
HELCOM-VASAB-MSP-16-2018.aspxHELCOM and VASAB validate efforts on maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea region, advance new concepts during key meeting in HelsinkiEarlier in May, the joint HELCOM and VASAB Maritime Spatial Working Group met in Helsinki at the Ministry of the Environment of Finland to advance the agenda on maritime spatial planning (MSP) in the Baltic Sea region.15/05/2018Maritime spatial planningMSP WG
HELCOM-OpenRisk-workshop-in-Valletta.aspxHELCOM-led project contributes to improving preparedness and response to pollution at sea during international workshop in MaltaIn a bid to reinforce international preparedness and response to pollution at sea, the Third Interregional Workshop on Risk Assessment Tools for Pollution Preparedness and Response (PPR) from the HELCOM-lead OpenRisk project took place in Malta.27/04/2018Response to spills; Shipping
HELCOM-progresses-firmly-towards-reducing-input-of-pollutants-into-the-Baltic-Sea.aspxHELCOM progresses firmly towards reducing input of pollutants into the Baltic Sea, but more work lies aheadHELCOM came closer to its goals of reducing pollution loads on the Baltic Sea, as acknowledged during a key event held in Berlin from 18 to 20 April 2018.24/04/2018Land based pollution; Pharmaceuticals; Industrial releasesPRESSURE
HELCOM-PRESSURE-8-2018-group-meets-in-Berlin.aspxHELCOM group meets in Berlin to focus on reducing land-based pollution affecting the Baltic SeaThe 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.19/04/2018Land based pollutionPRESSURE
HELCOM-contributes-to-global-UN-meeting-in-Seoul,-sharing-insight-on-cross-sectoral-cooperation.aspxHELCOM contributes to global UN meeting in Seoul, sharing insight on cross-sectoral cooperation to reach the SDGs in the Baltic SeaHELCOM shared its experience on developing and implementing policies for ocean governance at the regional level during the Second Meeting of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Dialogue in Seoul.12/04/2018Fisheries; Maritime spatial planning
Baltic-Sea-nutrient-sources-and-pathways-analyzed-in-new-report.aspxBaltic Sea nutrient sources and pathways analysed in new reportEutrophication caused by oversupply by nutrients remains the major environmental pressure on the Baltic marine ecosystem. Major sources and pathways of nitrogen and phosphorus into the Baltic marine environment have been assessed in a HELCOM report.27/03/2018Land based pollution; Monitoring and assessmentPRESSURE
Environmental-dialogue-at-international-Baltic-forum-in-Russia.aspxEnvironmental dialogue at international Baltic forum in RussiaThe two-day XIX Baltic Sea Day forum in St. Petersburg, Russia gathered hundreds of participants. Talks followed up on themes of 2018 HELCOM Ministerial Meeting.23/03/2018Not applicableNot Applicable
Maritime-activities-in-the-Baltic-Sea-assessed-in-new-report.aspxMaritime activities in the Baltic Sea assessed in new reportHELCOM today releases a comprehensive assessment of maritime activities in the Baltic Sea. The report covers a wide range human activities at sea, from commercial maritime traffic to leisure boating and from fisheries to hazardous submerged objects.09/03/2018Fisheries; Marine litter and noise; Response to spills; ShippingMARITIME
HELCOM-agreement-reached-on-next-steps-for-a-healthy-Baltic-Sea.aspxHELCOM agreement reached on next steps for a healthy Baltic SeaThe Ministers of the Environment and High-Level Representatives of the nine Baltic coastal countries and the European Union, meeting today in Brussels, Belgium, have agreed on new commitments for the Baltic marine environment.06/03/2018Agriculture; Fisheries; HOLAS II; Industrial releases; Land based pollution; Marine litter; Marine litter and noise; Marine protected areas; Maritime spatial planning; Monitoring and assessment; Pharmaceuticals; Response to spills; Shipping; Species and habitats; Underwater noiseNot Applicable
Baltic-Sea-community-to-decide-on-renewed-efforts-for-a-healthy-Baltic-Sea.aspxBaltic Sea community to decide on renewed efforts for a healthy Baltic SeaToday, at the 2018 HELCOM Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, the Baltic Sea countries and the EU come together to decide on renewed efforts to reach a healthy Baltic marine environment.06/03/2018Agriculture; Fisheries; Industrial releases; Land based pollution; Marine litter and noise; Marine litter; Marine protected areas; Maritime spatial planning; Monitoring and assessment; Pharmaceuticals; Response to spills; Shipping; Species and habitats; Underwater noiseNot Applicable
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