Lead Organization: Helsinki Commission HELCOM, Finland
Duration: 2015 - 2016
ICES contact: Sebastian Valanko, Advisory Programme Professional Officer
Theme 1: Biodiversity, focuses on development of a biodiversity assessment tool and improving data arrangements for the biodiversity elements where this is limited (e.g. coastal fish, birds and seals) so that a comprehensive assessment of biodiversity in the Baltic Sea can be carried out by 2018.
Theme 2: Hazardous substances, will refine an existing HELCOM tool for assessing the status hazardous substances. Key components for adequate assessment of hazardous substances are to agree on matrices for indicators and to have access to quality assured data.
Theme 3: Physical loss and damage to seabed habitats, will explore ways to determine how much disturbance from different activities that specific seabed habitats can tolerate while remaining in Good Environmental Status (GES). Regular collection of data and information on pressures and activities that affect the Baltic Sea will be piloted, to provide support to this Theme as well as future assessment of pressures impacting the Baltic Sea.
Theme 4: Noise, focuses on Underwater Noise and will review existing knowledge on impact of noise in the Baltic Sea, explore the possibility to determine acceptable levels of underwater noise for marine species, and survey possible measures to manage and mitigate relevant impacts on the Baltic Sea.
Theme 5: Joint documentation of PoMs, will support the development of a joint document on regional coordinated Programmes of Measures and a system to follow-up actions agreed by HELCOM.
This project has received funding from the European Commission, DG Environment grant agreement 11.0661/2015/712632/SUB/ENVC.2.