HELCOM? What is that and why should you care?

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My presentation about HELCOM in the Erasmus Mundus Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning. Seville 3-6 February 2014

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  • How many of you have been in the Baltic Sea?
  • The first one is COORDINATION. In order to achieve a cost-efficient monitoring HELCOM countries should put more emphasis on coordination. That’s one of the main points of the MAS. With monitoring information better presented this corrdination can be better achieved.
  • The first one is COORDINATION. In order to achieve a cost-efficient monitoring HELCOM countries should put more emphasis on coordination. That’s one of the main points of the MAS. With monitoring information better presented this corrdination can be better achieved.
  • HELCOM? What is that and why should you care?

    1. 1. A rather polluted sea but on its way to recovering Manuel Frias Master on MSP Seville 3-6 February 2014
    2. 2. The Baltic Sea, small or big?
    3. 3. The catchment area Don’t forget Ukraine and Belarus
    4. 4. The Baltic Sea, a beautiful place
    5. 5. Also in the winter!
    6. 6. Some interesting facts
    7. 7. A shallow sea
    8. 8. Eutrophication: the biggest problem eutrophication&hypoxia
    9. 9. One of the most trafficked seas in the world
    10. 10. And now: what is HELCOM?
    11. 11. HELCOM = Helsinki Commission Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission
    12. 12. HELCOM ≠ HELCOM Secretariat
    13. 13. Budget: 2 million €/year
    14. 14. How?
    15. 15. Baltic Sea Action Plan The ”constitution” of the Baltic Sea John Linwood
    16. 16. ”...achieve a Baltic Sea in good environmental status by 2021”
    17. 17. Who decides?
    18. 18. Heads of Delegation
    19. 19. And the environmental ministers HELCOM
    20. 20. Six groups to tackle all issues Maritime Response Land MONAS Habitat GEAR
    21. 21. Maritime Response Land MONAS Habitat Three platforms for dialogue Fisheries and environmental forum Agricultural and environmental forum HELCOM-VASAB MSP Group GEAR
    22. 22. Why does HELCOM exist?
    23. 23. Come sloser and we’ll have a look at the INFOGRAPHIC
    24. 24. How many similar organizations do you know?
    25. 25. Independent UNEP administered Non - UNEP administered Caspian Environmental Programme + Gulf of Mexico (projects) MedPol HELCOM OSPAR Black Sea Commission North West Pacific Action Plan Caribean Commission Information on monitoring freely available Great Lakes Commission ROPME Sea area Pacific region South Sea China (projects) South Asian region SE Pacific region Sea of East Asia West and Central Africa Region Among the most coordinated and with the most info available Artic Env Protection Strategy Eastern African region NE Pacific region Red Sea – Aden region Degree of coordinated environmental monitoring +
    26. 26. Now, LET’S THINK!! We’ll make a practical exercise
    27. 27. Want to know more? www.helcom.fi

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