Baltic Sea Pilot Project : Testing new concepts for integrated environmental monitoring of the Baltic Sea (BALSAM)

Project enhanced 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.

The outcome of the BALSAM project includes a number of guidelines, databases, reports etc. The links to databases are presented below together with the live map of research vessels and the monitoring manual. Please visit this site in order to read more. 


10/2013 - 05/2015

Project is co- financed by

European Union DG Environment

Project coordinated by:

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM)

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 Edgars Bojārs
Environmental expert
Tel.00371  6735 7556