HELCOM regularly assesses the progress towards implementing the Helsinki Convention, the goals of the Baltic Sea Action Plan, and commitments from Ministerial Declarations. The ‘State of the Baltic Sea’ report is a holistic assessment, covering the state of the environment, magnitude of pressures and human activities, and social and economic impacts of the state of the Sea.

The first version of the report has been developed over the last 2.5 years with the contribution of hundreds of experts from the Baltic Sea region. The assessment of state of the environment covers the assessment period 2011–2015. By June 2018 the report will be finalized and updated to include data from 2016. As presented in the last chapter of the report, Planned further work, there are also a number of planned updates and revisions to the report that will take place before finalization.

HELCOM Heads of Delegation have agreed to carry out a regional consultation where organizations and stakeholders that address regional issues of relevance for the Baltic Sea environment are invited to review the first version of the report. The responses received will be considered when the report is updated and finalized in 2018. The comments will also be presented to HELCOM Heads of Delegation in the preparation of the HELCOM Ministerial Meeting in 2018.

The regional consultation is open to the following invited organizations:

  • Government of Belarus
  • Government of Ukraine
  • Intergovernmental Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Sea (ASCOBANS)
  • Expert Group on Sustainable Development
  • Baltic 30
  • CBSS
  • Baltic Pilotage Authorities Commission (BPAC)
  • Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC)
  • Baltic Sea States Sub-regional Cooperation (BSSSC)
  • Black Sea Commission (BSC)
  • Bonn Agreement
  • The Great Lakes Commission
  • Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Oslo and Paris Commissions (OSPAR)
  • UNEP/AEWA
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE)
  • World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe
  • World Meteorological Organization
  • Baltic Farmers’ Forum on Environment (BFFE)
  • Baltic Operational Oceanographic System – BOOS
  • Baltic Ports Organisation (BPO)
  • Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC)
  • Baltic Sea Forum (BSF)
  • BirdLife International
  • BONUS Baltic Organizations’ Network for Funding Science (BONUS EEIG)
  • The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)
  • Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB)
  • Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe – Baltic Sea Commission (CPMR)
  • European Anglers Alliance (EAA)
  • European Boating Association (EBA)
  • European Chlor-Alkali Industry (EURO CHLOR)
  • European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA)
  • Cruise Lines International Association Europe (CLIA Europe)
  • European Dredging Association (EuDA)
  • European Network of Freshwater Research Organizations (EurAqua)
  • Fertilizers Europe
  • European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)
  • The Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC)
  • EUREAU (European Federation of National Associations of Water and Wastewater Services)
  • Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP)
  • Federation of European Port Operators (Feport)
  • Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe
  • Interferry
  • INTERTANKO
  • International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP)
  • International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
  • International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions (IDUM)
  • John Nurminen Foundation (JNF)
  • Local Authorities International Environmental Organisation (KIMO International)
  • Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE)
  • Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
  • Nordic Hunters’ Alliance (NHA)
  • Oceana
  • PlasticsEurope
  • Sea Alarm Foundation
  • Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC)
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
  • Nordic Council of Ministers
  • Arctic Council
  • UN Environment –Mediterranean Action Plan
  • European Environment Agency
  • European Chemicals Agency
  • VASAB
  • The Baltic Sea Fisheries Forum (BALTFISH)
  • World Maritime University
  • Interreg Secretariat
  • Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO)
  • Nordic Investment Bank (NIB)
  • EUSBSR policy areas:
    • PA Hazards
    • PA Nutri
    • PA Safe
    • PA Ship