9th Meeting of the Working Group on Reduction of Pressures from the Baltic Sea Catchment Area (HELCOM PRESSURE 9-2018)

2018 HELCOM Brussels Ministerial Meeting agreed on strengthening the implementation of the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) by 2021 and its update beyond 2021. HELCOM 39-2018 agreed on the guidance for the BSAP update, and HOD 54-2018 approved the strategic plan of the update of the Baltic Sea Action Plan and pointed out that the update should be a priority for the HELCOM working groups.

In line with the above mentioned commitments, PRESSURE 9-2018 a) started a systematic evaluation of potential obstacles in accomplishing current HELCOM agreements, b) identified HELCOM agreements, not covered by the current BSAP follow-up system, for which additional reporting by Contracting Parties will be needed and c) plan the future work and meetings to contribute to the BSAP update in a timely manner. In general the Meeting focused on various aspects related to pollution of the Baltic Sea by hazardous substances, but it discussed also the remaining products of the PLC-6 project, particularly the results of evaluation of effectiveness of measures to prevent pollution of the marine environment. The Agenda of the Meeting also includes follow-up of the progress in implementation of the HELCOM Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter, based on the outcome of the preceding Workshop (on 9 October) as well as other issues.

You can find the provisional agenda and the related information here.