Baltic Breakfast: The New Baltic Sea Action Plan – Contributions from Science

The Baltic Breakfast webinar on the new scientific findings that form the basis for HELCOM’s update of the Baltic Sea Action Plan was broadcasted on 7 October 2020, 8:30-9:15 am, at su.se/ostersjocentrum/balticbreakfast

Scientists at the Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre have played an important role in contributing to the scientific basis for the updated Baltic Sea Action Plan, scheduled to be adopted next year, in particular for eutrophication and hazardous substances.

At the Baltic Breakfast webinar in October, Bo Gustafsson, oceanographer and director of the Baltic Nest Institute, talked about how the burden sharing (how much each coastal state has committed to reduce emissions of nutrients) in the current plan came about. The reduction burdens will now be updated to emission ceilings for each country. Why is that, and what difference will it make in practice?

Emma Undeman, a researcher in environmental sciences with a focus on chemicals, supplies HELCOM with background documents on hazardous substances in the Baltic Sea. She has recently completed a series of reports on the status of certain hazardous substances in the Baltic: dioxins, PCB, brominated flame retardants, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and diclofenac. At the Baltic Breakfast webinar she presented the challenges of developing new measures in the updated BSAP, and describe the state of knowledge about some of the hazardous substances that currently result in poor status of the Baltic Sea.

Read more about the seminar here.

What are the Baltic breakfast?

Baltic Breakfast is a series of short breakfast webinars organised by the Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre. Their aim is to present the latest knowledge about issues of central importance to the Baltic Sea environment. The breakfast webinars are addressed to people in different sectors working for a sustainable development in the Baltic Sea region and everyone interested in environmental issues of the Baltic Sea.