*[Enwl] HELCOM releases the first ever comprehensive Atlas of the Baltic Sea

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2 17:55:05 MSD 2010


Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM)




HELCOM releases the first ever comprehensive Atlas of the Baltic Sea


For immediate release


Helsinki, 2 June (HELCOM Information Service) - HELCOM has released the
first ever comprehensive Atlas of the Baltic Sea. This book is an
immense resource for all who have an interest in regional environment.
It provides a quick insight into the environmental issues affecting the
Baltic Sea today, while also serving as a useful foundation for a wider
study of the Baltic marine environment.


"At a time when the environment is a major concern for us, it is helpful
to know as much as possible about the sea," says Anne Christine
Brusendorff, HELCOM's Executive Secretary. "The more we know about the
sea, the more we cherish it and realize the need to protect it. We hope
that readers will find this Atlas a useful reference that will encourage
greater interest in marine environment protection."


The first copies of the Atlas were presented to the Ministers of the
Environment and Senior Officials of the HELCOM Members, including the
EU, at the Moscow HELCOM Ministerial Meeting on 20 May.


The information provided by the Atlas draws on the latest HELCOM
assessments, which form the backbone of the Commission's work providing
objective information on the health of the Baltic Sea, and helping to
define the need for further environmental actions. The assessments are a
result of joint work by many scientific institutions and dozens of
experts from all the coastal countries around the Baltic Sea.


Collected in a single publication, here is a wealth of interesting and
useful information about the Baltic Sea, the environmental problems
facing it and the solutions needed in order to restore its health.
Furthermore, the book includes information about what has already been
accomplished in terms of protection of the Baltic marine environment.
This 192-page book features thematic chapters providing basic
information on the physical characteristics of the Baltic Sea, human
activities and associated pressures, status of the marine environment,
as well as climate change. These sections of the Atlas are lavishly
illustrated by thematic maps and diagrams and contain pictures and
drawings which display complex environmental information in a simplified
way. Additionally, the Atlas features a set of political, physical and
maritime maps covering all the Baltic drainage area and the sea
sub-basins, as well as city through-route maps and centre plans of major
cities. The content has been designed to provide maps on scales that
enable a wealth of details to be presented.


The book can be considered as a 'must read' for anyone interested in the
Baltic marine life and the present state of the environment of the sea.
It is a non-commercial publication intended for schools, libraries,
universities, marine centers, policy-makers and the scientific


The authors and editors of the book are members of the HELCOM
Secretariat with Nikolay Vlasov as the editor-in-chief. The overall
layout of the book is designed by Petri Kuokka and Leena Hemming,
drawings were done by Seppo Leinonen from Finland, and major maps were
produced by Collins Bartholomew Ltd. from the UK. 


For more information and to order the book, please visit 
www.helcom.fi/press_office/en_GB/bookorder/. To receive a copy of the
book for review in your publication, please submit a request by e-mail
<mailto:nikolay.vlasov  helcom.fi> .




Note to Editors:


The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, usually referred to
as the Helsinki Commission, or HELCOM, is an intergovernmental
organisation of all the nine Baltic Sea countries and the EU which works
to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources of


HELCOM is the governing body of the "Convention on the Protection of the
Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area," known as the Helsinki



For more information, please contact:


Mr. Nikolay Vlasov

Information Secretary


Tel: +358 (0)46 850 9196

Fax: +358 (0)207 412 645

E-mail: nikolay.vlasov  helcom.fi

From: "Nikolay Vlasov" <nikolay.vlasov  helcom.fi>
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 3:02 PM
Subject: HELCOM releases the first ever comprehensive Atlas of the Baltic Sea



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