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Preparing-to-define-the-Baltic-Sea’s-significant-marine-areas.aspxPreparing to define the Baltic Sea’s significant marine areasBaltic Sea community follows up on commitment to identify Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) - International EBSA workshop and training session to be held 19–24 February in Helsinki, Finland16/02/2018Maritime spatial planning; Marine protected areasNot Applicable
Major-Baltic-Sea-oil-and-chemical-spill-recovery-exercise-is-taking-shape.aspxMajor Baltic Sea oil and chemical spill recovery exercise is taking shapePieces are put into place for the HELCOM BALEX DELTA 2018 oil and chemical spill recovery exercise, to be held on 27–30 August 2018 in Karlskrona area, Sweden - Planning updates to follow on the newly launched HELCOM BALEX DELTA 2018 web page26/01/2018Response to spillsRESPONSE
HELCOM-and-BONUS-tighten-collaboration-for-the-good-of-environmental-protection-action-in-the-Baltic-Sea.aspxHELCOM and BONUS tighten collaboration for the good of environmental protection action in the Baltic SeaHELCOM Heads of Delegation note the contribution of BONUS projects to policy-making, including the upcoming HELCOM Ministerial Meeting15/12/2017Not applicableNot Applicable
Major-Baltic-Sea-policies-reviewed-ahead-of-HELCOM-Ministerial-Meeting.aspxMajor Baltic Sea policies reviewed ahead of HELCOM Ministerial MeetingRegional ministers will discuss the state and future of the Baltic Sea marine environment in March – Heads of Delegation of the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission meet this week to prepare ministerial outcome12/12/2017Agriculture; Fisheries; Industrial releases; Land based pollution; Marine litter and noise; Marine protected areas; Maritime spatial planning; Monitoring and assessment; Pharmaceuticals; Response to spills; Shipping; Species and habitatsNot Applicable
Eel-and-the-Baltic-Sea-in-the-focus-of-a-joint-regional-workshop.aspxEel and the Baltic Sea in the focus of a joint regional workshopExperts to discuss Baltic Sea processes for eel assessment and management, with the aim of identifying ways of working together on eel more efficiently29/11/2017Fisheries; Monitoring and assessment; Species and habitatsFISH/ENV
Smart-nutrients-management-in-agriculture-promotes-shared-goals.aspxSmart nutrients management in agriculture promotes shared goalsNutrient recycling and rural water management discussed at HELCOM AGRI meeting last week – Increasing ammonia emissions require attention13/11/2017Agriculture; Land based pollutionAgri group
COMPLETE-–-A-new-project-on-ballast-water-and-biofouling-in-the-Baltic-Sea-region.aspxCOMPLETE – A new project on ballast water and biofouling in the Baltic Sea regionThree-year project targets shipping’s harmful hitchhikers: invasive species - Expected results: knowledge, strategies, and tools for environmentally friendly shipping10/11/2017ShippingMARITIME
Marine-ecosystems-and-regional-policy-met-maritime-spatial-planning-in-HELCOM-VASAB-meeting.aspxMarine ecosystems and regional policy met maritime spatial planning in HELCOM-VASAB meetingThe coordination of regional policy and application of the ecosystem-based approach in maritime spatial planning were in focus of the 15th Meeting of the joint HELCOM-VASAB Maritime Spatial Planning Working Group in Warsaw this week.10/11/2017Maritime spatial planning; Marine protected areasMSP WG
Agriculture-authorities-discuss-ways-of-stopping-nutrients-from-reaching-the-Baltic-Sea.aspxAgriculture authorities discuss ways of stopping nutrients from reaching the Baltic SeaNutrient flow and recycling in focus at the HELCOM Agri Group meeting this week09/11/2017Agriculture; Land based pollutionAgri group
Baltic-Sea-response-community-prepares-for-major-oil-spill-exercise-in-Sweden-2018.aspxBaltic Sea response community prepares for major oil spill exercise in Sweden 2018A two-day conference kicks off the planning of the 2018 HELCOM BALEX DELTA exercise on oil and chemical spills, to be held in August in Sweden - Thanks to extra EU funding, the exercise will have a wider scope and greater impact than usual08/11/2017Response to spillsRESPONSE
Filling-in-the-gaps-on-marine-litter-monitoring-and-assessment.aspxFilling in the gaps on marine litter monitoring and assessmentThree new reports available on beach litter, microlitter, and litter on the seafloor in the Baltic Sea - HELCOM marine litter workshop to focus on microlitter sampling and analysis07/11/2017Marine litterPRESSURE
HELCOM-to-test-first-pharmaceutical-indicator-and-focus-on-improving-the-Marine-Protected-Area-network.aspxHELCOM to test first pharmaceutical indicator and focus on improving the Marine Protected Area networkHELCOM State & Conservation group meeting endorses the first HELCOM pharmaceutical indicator for testing – Improving the effectiveness of the network of important marine areas in the Baltic Sea tied to global processes and management of human activities31/10/2017HOLAS II; Monitoring and assessment; Marine protected areas; Pharmaceuticals; Species and habitatsSTATE
HELCOM-reviews-new-data-on-nutrient-input-sources-while-continuing-work-on-litter-and-sewage-sludge.aspxHELCOM reviews new data on nutrient input sources while continuing work on litter and sewage sludgeData presented at the HELCOM PRESSURE Meeting 7-2017 shows that most of the nutrient input to the Baltic Sea comes from rivers. The Meeting called for intensified efforts on tracking microlitter, tackling lost fishing gear, and handling sewage sludge.31/10/2017Agriculture; Marine litter; Land based pollutionPRESSURE
Checked Out To: Sara EstlanderPollution-sources,-measures,-and-targets-in-the-spotlight-at-HELCOM-Pressure-Group-meeting.aspx
Checked Out To: Sara EstlanderPollution sources, measures, and targets in the spotlight at HELCOM Pressure Group meetingHELCOM PRESSURE 7-2017 Meeting 24–26 Oct to focus on 6th Pollution Load Compilation assessments. The Meeting includes workshops on nutrient input reduction targets, marine litter action plan, and sewage sludge handling.24/10/2017Agriculture; Industrial releases; Land based pollution; Marine litter; PharmaceuticalsPRESSURE
HELCOM-highlights-cooperation-with-BONUS-ahead-of-2017-call.aspxHELCOM highlights cooperation with BONUS ahead of 2017 callMany of the topics under the recently opened BONUS call ‘Synthesis’ relate directly to ongoing HELCOM work. Future BONUS projects can both benefit from and contribute to existing knowledge.11/10/2017Monitoring and assessment; Land based pollution; Species and habitats; Marine protected areas; Agriculture; Fisheries; Industrial releases; Marine litter and noise; Maritime spatial planning; Response to spills; ShippingNot Applicable
Dates-set-for-2018-edition-of-Baltic-Sea-Day.aspxDates set for 2018 edition of Baltic Sea DayThe XIX “Baltic Sea Day” International Environmental Forum will be organized in St. Petersburg on 22–23 March, 2018. The outcome of the HELCOM Ministerial Meeting, taking place a few weeks earlier, will form a cornerstone of discussions at the Forum.11/10/2017Not applicableNot Applicable
Pharmaceuticals-in-Baltic-waters--new-status-report-by-UNESCO-and-HELCOM.aspxPharmaceuticals in Baltic waters – new status report by UNESCO and HELCOMThe report summarizes the occurrence, concentrations and pathways of pharmaceuticals into the environment in the Baltic Sea region.15/09/2017PharmaceuticalsPRESSURE
The-Baltic-Sea-is-well-prepared-for-the-entry-into-force-of-the-Ballast-Water-Management-Convention.aspxThe Baltic Sea is well prepared for the entry into force of the Ballast Water Management ConventionIMO Ballast Water Management Convention for ships enters into force 8 September 201708/09/2017ShippingMARITIME
HELCOM,-CBSS-and-stakeholders-join-forces-to-catalyse-sustainable-shipping-in-the-Baltic-Sea.aspxHELCOM, CBSS and stakeholders join forces to catalyse sustainable shipping in the Baltic SeaThe first meeting of the HELCOM GREEN TEAM strives to advance sustainable shipping technology and new fuels in the region by considering effective incentives.05/09/2017ShippingMARITIME
HELCOM-and-OSPAR-release-new-online-ballast-water-risk-assessment-tool.aspxHELCOM and OSPAR release new online ballast water risk assessment toolA new online risk assessment tool for non-indigenous species transfers via the ballast water of commercial ships has been released jointly by HELCOM and OSPAR.15/08/2017ShippingMARITIME
International-rescue-and-oil-disaster-drill-in-the-Baltic-Sea-completed-successfully.aspxInternational rescue and oil disaster drill in the Baltic Sea completed successfullyThe annual Baltic Sea exercise on pollution response BALEX DELTA 2017 was held off Kaliningrad in the Russian Federation last week.14/08/2017Response to spills
HELCOM's-condolences-for-Leonid-Korovin's-passing.aspxHELCOM's condolences for Leonid Korovin's passingWe would like to express our heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Leonid Korovin, the Russian Federation representative in HELCOM.20/07/2017Land based pollutionLAND
First-version-of-the-HELCOM-‘State-of-the-Baltic-Sea’-report-is-now-available.aspxFirst version of the HELCOM ‘State of the Baltic Sea’ report is now available The comprehensive HELCOM overview of the state of the Baltic Sea follows up on the status of the Baltic Sea environment, saying that management is improving but that the environmental objectives of the Baltic Sea Action Plan will not be reached in time.11/07/2017Monitoring and assessment; Marine protected areas; Marine litter and noise; Marine litter; Land based pollution; Industrial releases; Fisheries; Agriculture; Pharmaceuticals; Response to spills; Shipping; Species and habitats; Underwater noise; HOLAS IISTATE; GEAR
HELCOM-Map-and-Data-services-fully-renewed.aspxHELCOM Map and Data Services fully renewedThe HELCOM Map and Data service, which has been serving as one of the largest hubs of spatial data for the Baltic Sea marine environment since 2010, has been completely redesigned and rebuilt.29/06/2017Not applicable
Upcoming-State-of-the-Baltic-Sea-report-to-be-in-focus-in-the-2018-HELCOM-Ministerial-Meeting.aspxUpcoming State of the Baltic Sea report to be in focus in the 2018 HELCOM Ministerial MeetingThe First version of the HELCOM State of the Baltic Sea report - June 2017 was approved by the 52nd Meeting of the HELCOM Heads of Delegation held on 20-21 June 2017 in Brussels. 26/06/2017HOLAS II; Monitoring and assessment; ShippingNot Applicable
Regional-organizations-join-forces-to-develop-state-of-the-art-methods-for-spill-risk-assessments.aspxRegional organizations join forces to develop state of the art methods for spill risk assessmentsHELCOM-led OpenRisk project presents first results and gathers views on risk assessment methods for spill prevention, preparedness and response purposes at first workshop in Helsinki 13-14 June.20/06/2017Response to spillsRESPONSE
HELCOM-statement-to-support-reaching-ocean-related-UN-Sustainable-Development-Goals.aspxHELCOM statement to support reaching ocean-related UN Sustainable Development GoalsStatement by Monika Stankiewicz, HELCOM Executive Secretary at the high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 1412/06/2017Not applicable
HELCOM-statement-at-the-Ocean-Conference-highlights-regional-and-cross-sectoral-cooperation.aspxHELCOM statement at the Ocean Conference highlights regional and cross-sectoral cooperationThe Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, or HELCOM in short, is one of the 18 Regional Seas Programmes in the world. It is based on a convention, has existed for over four decades, and involves nine countries 06/06/2017Shipping
HELCOM-voluntary-commitments-to-enhance-the-implementation-of-UN-Sustainable-Development-Goal-14.aspxHELCOM voluntary commitments to enhance the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14HELCOM contributes with voluntary commitments to The United Nations Conference "Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14", to be held on 5-9 June 2017 in New York (2017 SDG 14 Conference).05/06/2017Not applicable
Clean-Baltic-Sea-shipping-in-sight.aspxClean Baltic Sea shipping in sightHELCOM Maritime receives Baltic Sea Fund Prize 2017 and contributes to award debate on the future of alternative fuels in shipping.12/05/2017Marine litter; Marine protected areasMARITIME
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