HELCOM/BSRP/ICES and IOC/IODE Training Workshop
IOC for UNESCO
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Continued degradation of the Baltic Sea ecosystem has affected water quality, modified biodiversity, and impact regional fisheries. The Baltic Sea is now an ecosystem under extreme stress. In response to this situation, the countries in the drainage basin initiated a Joint Comprehensive Environmental Action Program for the Baltic Sea (JCP). The JPC, as adopted in 1992, strengthened and updated in 1998, constitutes a "Strategic Action Plan" for the Baltic Sea region. To address the need for an ecosystem-based approach to resource management, the Baltic Sea Regional Project (BSRP) is designed within the principles of the Large Marine Ecosystem concept, focusing on land-based, coastal zone, and marine activities including activities for improving ecosystem health and productivity, social and economic development, and provision of ecosystem management tools for decision-makers to address transboundary issues for the Baltic Sea. The most important aspects of the Project are its linkages between land-based activities, coastal zones and marine environments.