13 October 2011
Ministry of the Environment
Baltic Sea environment a winner as agencies implement Baltic Sea Strategy
Some thirty Swedish agencies are being commissioned to play an active part in and work together on the implementation of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy. The strategy pursues a clear objective: to speed up action to improve the Baltic Sea environment and strengthen the Baltic Sea region as a green growth region.
"The Baltic Sea Strategy has made it possible to initiate research and action projects worth hundreds of millions of kronor aimed at improving the Baltic Sea environment," says Minister for the Environment Lena Ek. "A broad network of Swedish agencies active in Baltic Sea cooperation will create good conditions for further speeding up the work."
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, the National Chemicals Inspectorate and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute are among the agencies included and will have lead roles in several priority areas and flagship projects. The task of the agencies will include managing measures aimed at reducing the use and impact of hazardous substances at sea, developing a regional climate adaptation strategy and increasing green procurement of goods and services in the Baltic Sea region.
The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region was adopted by the European Council in 2009 during the Swedish Presidency of the European Union. The strategy contains a range of cooperation projects, including many in the areas of clean shipping, stronger protection for biodiversity, reduced use and dissemination of hazardous substances and reduced eutrophication of the Baltic Sea. The work will contribute to implementation of the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) Baltic Sea Action Plan.
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