Baltic sea is heavily polluted by excessive amounts of nutrients and hazardous substances. Policy Areas (PAs) Nutri and Hazards are key areas of cooperation in the EUSBSRin reducing nutrient and hazardous substances inputs to the Baltic Sea and their negative effects in the marine ecosystem. PA Nutri’s coordination is shared between Finland and Poland, but only Finland applies the funding. PA Hazards is coordinated by Sweden. PA Nutri and PA Hazard apply for funding jointly. Both PAs have the objective to contribute to the implementation of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan and the EU Water and Marine Strategy Framework Directives, with the ultimate goal of achieving Good Environmental Status of the sea. The general aim of the coordination is to facilitate the involvement and cooperation of relevant stakeholders from the entire macro-region to the implementation of the respective PAs and fulfilment of the objectives. Both PACs aim to continue supporting new and on-going actions and projects. Overall, both partners aim to implement their respective PA in accordance with the tasks for PACs as outlined in the EUSBSR Action plan. Close cooperation with HELCOM is essential in order to achieve the best possible synergies and the established cooperation will continue during the project lifetime and beyond.
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