INSPIRE Knowledge Base


LMO Description
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    Baltic Sea area
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>The Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) is an<br /> intergovernmental organization of the nine<br /> Baltic Sea coastal countries and the<br /> EU and a regional environmental policy<br /> maker in the Baltic Sea area. HELCOM’s<br /> work on the protection of the marine<br /> environment is based on the globally<br /> agreed ecosystembased approach to the<br /> management of human activities.<br /> Eight of the nine HELCOM countries are<br /> also members of the European Union which<br /> gives reason for HELCOM to link<br /> tightly to European policies.<br /> As the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan<br /> (BSAP) and the EU Marine Strategy<br /> Framework Directive (MSFD) both have the<br /> same goal – good environmental status<br /> (GES) of the marine environment by 2021<br /> and 2020, respectively – HELCOM’s<br /> activities have been aligned so as to<br /> implement synergistically both the Plan<br /> and the Directive.<br /> The EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive<br /> states very clearly that regional marine<br /> commissions, like HELCOM in the Baltic<br /> Sea, should play a key role in regionally<br /> coordinating its implementation. To ensure<br /> this, the HELCOM Ministerial Meeting, held<br /> in Moscow in May 2010, agreed to<br /> establish the role of HELCOM as a platform<br /> for the regional implementation of the<br /> Directive. HELCOM is also involved as a<br /> member in the EU MSFD Working Group on<br /> Data, Information and Knowledge Exchange<br /> (WG DIKE). </p>
    Main Activities: 
    HELCOM works as an environmental policy maker for the Baltic Sea area by developing common environmental objectives and actions; - an environmental focal point providing information about (i) the state of/trends in the marine environment; (ii) the efficiency of measures to protect it and (iii) common initiatives and positions which can form the basis for decision- making in other international fora; - a body for developing, according to the specific needs of the Baltic Sea, Recommendations of its own and Recommendations supplementary to measures imposed by other international organisations; a supervisory body dedicated to ensuring that HELCOM environmental standards are fully implemented by all parties throughout the Baltic Sea and its catchment area; and a co-ordinating body, ascertaining multilateral response in case of major maritime incidents. For three decades HELCOM has been working to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea. This work has been driven by the specific environmental, economic and social situation in the Baltic region and the specific sensitivity of the Baltic Sea. The work of HELCOM has led to improvements in various fields, but further work is still needed.
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    Baltic Sea
    Societal Sector: 
    Intergovernmental environmental organization
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    SDIC member
    Primary Business: 
    Environmental protection
    Environmental application domains: 
    Monitoring state of marine environment