Baltic Master II is an international project which aims to improve maritime safety by integrating local and regional perspectives. The focus is on the Baltic Sea Region and issues concerning pollution prevention, coastal zone management and on land response capacity to an oil spill at sea. The project Baltic Master II is recognized as a flagship project in the Baltic Sea Strategy of the European Union.
Control of hazardous substances in the Baltic Sea (COHIBA)
The project Control of hazardous substances in the Baltic Sea region (COHIBA) aims to
- identify the most important sources of 11 hazardous substances of special concern to the Baltic Sea,
- quantify inputs of the selected substances,
- introduce the whole effluent assessment (WEA) approach to monitor the overall impacts of the target substances,
- develop cost-effective solutions to reduce discharges and
- transfer knowledge and build up the capacities of the region's authorities and industries in order to control the target substances.
Pollution caused by hazardous substances still poses risks to the Baltic Sea area. Loads and impacts of some hazardous substances have been reduced considerably during the past 20-30 years, but concentrations of some other substances have increased in the marine environment.
COHIBA will last three years (2009-2012). It is co-financed by the European Union within the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013. COHIBA involves 22 partners from 8 Baltic Sea EU countries. It is coordinated by the Finnish Environment Institute.www.cohiba-project.net
Sub-regional risk of spill of oil and hazardous substances in the Baltic Sea
The project Sub-regional risk of spill of oil and hazardous substances in the Baltic Sea (BRISK) responses to an increased risk of accidents and environmental damages in the Baltic Sea. The overall aim of the project is to increase the preparedness of all Baltic Sea countries to respond to major spills of oil and hazardous substances from shipping and enhance sub-regional co-operation. The BRISK project will:
- Offer the first overall risk assessment of pollution caused by shipping accidents covering the whole Baltic Sea area,
- Identify gaps in existing emergency and response resources needed in all sub-regions of the Baltic to effectively tackle major spills of oil and hazardous substances,
- Prepare concrete pre-investment plans on how the Baltic Sea countries can jointly fill in the gaps, and
- Facilitate the development and conclusion of sub-regional agreements between neighboring countries for joint response operations.
The BRISK project will last three years (2009-2012) and it is co-financed by the European Union within the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Programme 2007-2013. BRISK has been selected as a strategic project of the BSR Programme due to its importance for the sustainable development of the region. The BRISK project is also one of the flagship projects of the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Admiral Danish Fleet leads the project, and 10 partners from 8 countries are involved in it.