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Regional work on Baltic Sea protection sharpens up

2 March 2015
The Regional action plan for marine 
and the Recommendation on the conservation of threatened 
in the Baltic Sea are both expecting adoption this week as the highest body 
of HELCOM, the Annual 
convenes in Helsinki, Finland. The delegates of the Contracting Parties of 
the Helsinki Convention, representing the nine coastal Baltic countries as 
well as the EU, will also address the 
on effective regional work between HELCOM and the EU Strategy of the Baltic 
Sea Region, as the revision of the Action Plan of the Strategy is about to 
be finalized soon.

Marine litter is a growing concern globally as well as regionally, and the 
HELCOM Recommendation on Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter is the first 
comprehensive approach to the problem in the Baltic Sea region. The HELCOM 
commitment from 2013 is to achieve a significant quantitative reduction of 
marine litter by 2025, compared to 2015.  The plan integrates the actions 
required at regional level as well as the national actions by countries 
according to their needs. Special measures are addressed to the top-10 items 
found in the Baltic Sea as well micro-plastics. The document also highlights 
the importance of environmental education and recommends coordinated 
monitoring programmes for the common marine litter indicators.

The marine litter action plan, to be successfully implemented, will require 
the countries' leadership for specific actions as well as wide involvement 
of stakeholders in the region. Close cooperation with other Regional Seas 
Conventions, and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, has also been 
brought up as a way to realize a wide ranging measures.

Moreover, adequate protection for the threatened Baltic Sea 
will take shape after the expected adoption of the new HELCOM 
Recommendation. The new Recommendation follows up on the critical situation 
of many Baltic Sea species as concluded in the 2013 HELCOM Red List of 
Baltic Sea in danger of becoming extinct (BSEP 
Preparation of a Recommendation on the Conservation of habitats and 
is expected to begin shortly.

The 36th Annual Meeting, held on 3-4 March, will also follow up on the 
recent HELCOM 
to institutionalize the cooperation under HELCOM policies and the EU 
Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, for better defining the complementarity 
of the roles and specific tasks. As both in HELCOM and under EUSBSR there 
are shared action areas, more systematic cooperation will save resources and 
add to the efficiency in reaching the mutual goals.

Other key topics under negotiations:
-          Finalization of the HELCOM Recommendation on sustainable 
aquaculture. Substituting the existing HELCOM Recommendation (25/4) aims to 
limit potential environmental impacts of aquaculture activities such as the 
introduction of non-indigenous species, ecological and genetic impacts on 
wild fish stocks from unintended releases of farmed species, nutrient 
pollution, as well as introduction of antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals. 
Aquaculture, including fish farming, is a growing food production industry 
that continues to have large potential for green technologies and 
environmentally friendly production methods, both in marine and fresh 

-          Adoption of the Revised HELCOM Guidelines for Management of 
Dredged Material at Sea.

-          Adopting the revised HELCOM Recommendation 25/7 on safety of 
winter navigation in the Baltic Sea Area, including a new harmonization of 
approximate correspondence of ice classes

-          Adopting the revised HELCOM Recommendation 34E/4 "Airborne 
surveillance with remote sensing equipment in the Baltic Sea area"

-          Finalization of a work plan to improve regional coherence, in the 
implementation of different marine policies to reach Good Environmental 

-          Cooperation with other Regional Seas Conventions and 
organizations Б─⌠ newest developments

Meeting site. All documents will be public after the 

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Note for editors
The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, usually referred to as 
HELCOM<http://helcom.fi/>, is an intergovernmental organization of the nine 
Baltic Sea coastal countries and the European Union working to protect the 
marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources of pollution and to 
ensure safety of navigation in the region. Since 1974, HELCOM has been the 
governing body of the 'Convention on the Protection of the Marine 
Environment of the Baltic Sea Area', more commonly known as the Helsinki 

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For more information, please contact:
Johanna Laurila
Information Secretary
Tel: +358 40 523 8988
Skype: helcom70
E-mail: johanna.laurila(at)helcom.fi
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Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission

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