Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission


Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

HELCOM Stakeholder Conference 2020

The Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP), HELCOM’s strategic programme of actions and measures for a healthier Baltic Sea, is due to be updated by 2021. With the HELCOM Stakeholder Conference 2020, HELCOM offered its stakeholders the opportunity to be part of this process. 

The 2020 HELCOM Stakeholder Conference “For a sustainable Baltic Sea: The Baltic Sea Action Plan beyond 2021” was held in Helsinki on 3 March 2020.

The outcomes of the 2020 HELCOM Stakeholder Conference was brought forward to the 41st Meeting of the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM 41-2020) held from 4 to 5 March 2020.

Outcome of the conference

A total of 49 new actions to be considered for inclusion in the updated BSAP were voiced during the conference that attracted over 120 participants. 

The proposed actions will now be forwarded to the relevant HELCOM working groups for further consideration and possible additional development within HELCOM and the BSAP update processes.

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HELCOM Stakeholder Conference 2020


Biodiversity (parallel session)

Eutrophication (parallel session)

Hazardous substances and marine litter (parallel session)

Sea-based activities (parallel session)


Participation is by invitation only. If you haven’t received an invitation but feel that you should participate, please contact the HELCOM Secretariat (contacts below).

Register before end of 19 February 2020
(registration details provided in the invitation)

Parallel sessions

Besides the opening and closing plenary sessions, the 2020 HELCOM Stakeholder Conference featured four parallel sessions on the main segments of the Baltic Sea Action Plan:

  • Biodiversity
  • Sea-based activities
  • Eutrophication
  • Hazardous substances and litter

Each session will start with setting-the-scene presentations, followed by discussions where stakeholders will be able to voice their ideas and recommendations. The main outcomes of the parallel sessions will be presented and further discussed during the final plenary session. 

Programme (3 March 2020)

  • 08:30–09:30     Registration and breakfast
  • 09:30–11:00     Opening plenary session
  • 11:00–11:30     Coffee break
  • 11:30–13:00     Parallel sessions on four themes:
    • Biodiversity
    • Sea-based activities
    • Eutrophication
    • Hazardous substances and litter
  • 13:00–14:00     Lunch break
  • 14:00–15:15     Parallel sessions (continued)
  • 15:15–16:00     Coffee break
  • 16:00–17:00     Closing plenary session


Marina Congress Center 
Katajanokanlaituri 6
00160 Helsinki, Finland

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Information on the pecha kucha presentations (parallel sessions)

Please note: call for presentations is closed

If your presentation request has been approved, please submit the following to the HELCOM Secretariat:

  • a brief description of the presentation (max. 50 words), before end of Wednesday, 19 February 2020
  • your final presentation, before end of Friday, 28 February 2020

Format of the presentations

  • The presentations are to be held in the “pecha kucha” style (20 slides à 20 seconds each, with automatic transition).  
  • Total length of the presentation is 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
  • Some examples and guidelines are here and here.
  • We recommend to use only one key idea per slide.
  • Overall, pecha kucha presentations are very graphic. Use images and icons instead of text.
  • If you have to use text, then only headlines (about 10-15 words per slide).

Template and example presentation

Use the following template for your presentation. The slides are already timed (20 seconds per slide), and the title slide counts as your first slide.


HELCOM Secretariat
+358 207 412 649