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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
essential-fish-habitat-workshop-in-riga.aspxMapping of essential fish habitats gets underway in joint HELCOM-Pan Baltic Scope workshopExperts in marine biology and maritime spatial planning came together in Riga from 12 to 13 December in a workshop addressing essential fish habitats in the Baltic Sea, with the goal to map the most significant areas.14/12/2018Marine protected areas; Maritime spatial planning; Fisheries; Monitoring and assessment; Species and habitats
HELCOM-HOD-55-2018-meeting.aspxAt HELCOM key meeting, updates on the plan for a healthy Baltic Sea move forwardThe update of the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) was a central topic at the 55th Meeting of the HELCOM Heads of Delegation (HOD 55-2018) held from 4 to 5 December 2018 at the HELCOM Secretariat in Helsinki, Finland.  05/12/2018Not applicableNot Applicable
New-EBSAs-in-the-Baltic-Sea.aspxUN agrees to nine marine ecologically significant areas in the Baltic SeaA final step for nine ecologically unique marine areas in the Baltic Sea to be included in a global registry was taken during the UN Biodiversity Conference held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 17 to 29 November 2018.30/11/2018Marine protected areas; Maritime spatial planning; Species and habitats
Coastal-fish-assessment-report-2018.aspxHELCOM report on coastal fish in the Baltic Sea finds that only half of the assessed areas are in a good stateHELCOM recently published a report assessing coastal fish in the Baltic. According to the report, only about half of the assessed areas obtain a good status.27/11/2018Fisheries; HOLAS II; Monitoring and assessment; Species and habitatsFISH/ENV; STATE
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
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