HELCOM Second Holistic Assessment of THE Ecosystem Health Of the Baltic Sea 

The HOLAS II project will give an update on the overall state of ecosystem health in the Baltic Sea. The assessment will follow up on the goals of the Baltic Sea Action Plan. It will be developmed so that the results will support reporting under the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) by those Contracting Parties to the Helsinki Convention that are also EU member states. 
The project runs from 2014-2018. The first assessment results will be released by mid-2017. The report will be finalized by mid-2018.

What is in the assessment?
The project develops common concepts and methods for status assessment and performs assessments at regional scale. HELCOM core indicators form the basis for the assessment of environmental status. Aggregated results are produced using assessment tools, which are developed and tested as part of HOLAS II and supporting projects. 

​The main building blocks are:

1) Distribution of human activities and pressures in the Baltic Sea. Cumulative impacts are assessed using the Baltic Sea Pressure and Impact Index

2) Thematic assessments of Biodiversity, Eutrophication and Hazardous substances. Maritime Activities will also be addressed, being the fourth core segment of the Baltic Sea Action Plan

3) Economic and social analyses to support regional assessments of the use of marine waters and cost of degradation

4) In addition, measures to reach good environmental status are addressed

For more information, please contact:


Ms. Lena Bergström 
Project Coordinator
HELCOM Secretariat
Tel: +358 40 080 3428 
Skype: helcom71



Ms. Maria Laamanen
Project Chair
Ministry of the Environment of Finland
Tel: +358 295250359


Ms. Ulla Li Zweifel

Professional Secretary 

(Gear WG, State and Conservation WG)

Tel: +358 46 850 9198  ​​

Skype: helcom 64


 First Assessment