Baltic Sea Pilot Project: Testing new concepts for integrated environmental monitoring of the Baltic Sea (BALSAM) was a project to enhance the capacity of the Baltic Sea member states to develop their marine environmental monitoring programmes.
Focusing on gaps identified in HELCOM, BALSAM provided recommendations for marine monitoring in the Baltic, especially for seals and seabirds, non-indigenous species and benthic habitats. The project also provided recommendations for further coordinated use of research vessels as well as improved data management and infrastructure in the Baltic.
BALSAM is one of the three Pilot Projects called "New Knowledge Projects" co-financed by the European Commission DG Environment. Sharing results and best practices with the sister projects in the North Sea and Celtic Sea (JMP NS/CS) and the Mediterranean and Black Sea (IRIS-SES) supported inter-regional approach when developing proposals for integrated monitoring.
Ms. Johanna Karhu
firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: +358 40 661 9040
Ms. Ulla Li Zweifel
(Gear WG, State and Conservation WG)
email@example.comTel: +358 46 850 9198
WP1: Project Coordination and cooperation for integrated monitoring
WP2: Promoting resource-efficiency in national monitoring strategies
WP3: Regional coordination ofmonitoring of marine mammals and seabirds
WP4: Non-indigenous species – multi-disciplinary monitoring schemes to gainsynergies for ballast water risk-management and environmental monitoring
WP5: Tools for optimizing coordinated international use ofresearch vessels for monitoring activities
WP6: A common standard for mapping and monitoring of Baltic Seabenthic biotopes and habitats, and format for data exchange