Data Collection project on hazardous substances (2004-2006)
Improved knowledge about the sources and inputs of hazardous substances is a prerequisite to achieving the ultimate goals of the HELCOM strategy to phase out discharges and emissions of hazardous substances by 2020. Various data collection and assessment activities have not yet been able to provide a comprehensive integrated basis for decision-makers and the public on the impacts of chemicals in social and environmental terms.
The project aims to develop a basis for a common strategy for collecting data on chemicals in society and the environment, focusing on substances included in HELCOM Recommendation 19/5 on HELCOM’s objective with regard to hazardous substances. To achieve the aim existing approaches to collect data on the occurrence of hazardous substances in markets and in use in the Baltic Sea region will be reviewed
The project also promotes institutional strengthening by involving the relevant authorities and stakeholders in the various countries, and enhancing their capability to meet the provisions of national and international obligations. A special focus will be given to the data collection status and needs in Russia.
The project is carried out by the Baltic Environmental Forum (BEF) and a final report will be presented to the Commission Meeting in 2006.
Project Manager, Ms. Jana Simanovska
Baltic Environmental Forum
Peldu 26/28 – 505
Tel: +371 7214477