Magazine article Europe-East

Baltic Sea: Helcom States in New Anti-Pollution Agreement

Magazine article Europe-East

Baltic Sea: Helcom States in New Anti-Pollution Agreement

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The EUs draft marine environment strategy foresees a separate action plan for each of the European seas. oHELCOM from now on will take the lead and play a key roleo, said HELCOM President Arturas Daubaras. The action plan aims to define Ecological Quality Objectives for the Baltic region, while associated indicators will be used to evaluate the efficiency of existing environmental measures and to guide future management measures for the region.

At this 26th annual HELCOM meeting, member countries adopted the following anti-pollution recommendations for the Baltic Sea:

- The recommendation on monitoring radioactive substances has been designed to support further efforts to protect the Baltic Sea against the possible harmful effects of radioactive substances by facilitating the compilation of reliable data on radionuclides in the different compartments of the marine environment;

- The Recommendation on waterborne pollution load will require HELCOM countries to collect more reliable assessments of the waterborne loads of pollutants entering the Baltic Sea from land-based sources in order to facilitate concerted action to limit the pollution of the marine environment;

- The third adopted Recommendation deals with the application of the so called "no-special-fee" system to ship-generated waste in the Baltic Sea. As of January 1, 2006, it extends the no-special-fee system, which has so far only covered oily wastes from machinery spaces, to also encompass garbage and sewage generated on ships. …

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