HELCOM work on monitoring and assessment is based on a Strategy that was adopted by the HELCOM Ministerial Meeting in 2013.
The Strategy is a common plan to monitor and assess the health of the Baltic Sea in a coordinated and cost-efficient way between all HELCOM Contracting Parties.
The overall objectives of the HELCOM Monitoring and Assessment Strategy are to:
Principles of the
HELCOM Monitoring and Assessment Strategy: National monitoring programmes use
the principles of the Joint
Monitoring System to achieve a high degree of coordination,
cooperation, sharing and harmonization. The Joint Monitoring System feeds a Data Pool that is the basis
for the Assessment System.
This system produces assessments of the health of the Baltic Sea that can be
used by HELCOM countries as well as EU, observers, stakeholders, etc.
HELCOM State and Conservation works together with several international organizations to deliver and store monitoring data and information, including the Co-operative Programme for the Monitoring and Evaluation of Long-range Transmission of Air Pollutants in Europe (CLRTAP/EMEP), the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the European Environmental Agency (EEA), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).