Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

HELCOM’s vision for the future

A healthy Baltic Sea environment with diverse biological components functioning in balance, resulting in a good ecological status and supporting a wide range of sustainable economic and social activities.

HELCOM was established about four decades ago to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources of pollution through intergovernmental cooperation.

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Our action areas

State of the Baltic Sea

What’s the state of the Baltic Sea today, what are the pressures affecting it? Eutrophication, hazardous substances, biodiversity, economic and social analyses: it is all covered in the State of the Baltic Sea report.

Go to stateofthebalticsea.helcom.fi to find out more

Helcom groups

HELCOM’s five main groups, restructured in September 2014, implement policies and strategies and propose issues for discussion at the meetings of the Heads of Delegations, where decisions are made.