On October 3 the Ministers of the Environment of all the nine Baltic coastal states and the EU Commissioner gathered in Copenhagen to discuss the status and future of the Baltic Sea during the HELCOM Ministerial meeting.

The meeting resulted in adoption of the HELCOM Copenhagen Ministerial Declaration. Hence the Ministers and the Commissioner reconfirmed the commitment to implement the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) and decided on further action needed, as well as the future strategic approach of HELCOM.

The Ministerial Declaration contains, among other aspects, a reviewed nutrient input reduction scheme, replacing the provisional country-allocated reduction targets of 2007. BNI have greatly contributed to this review.

Text by Marmar Nekoro