The benefits of sharing water pollution data between local and regional levels in the Baltic Sea basin have recently been published in a policy brief, as conclusion to the project ‘Baltic Sea Pioneers for better pollution monitoring and reporting.

The policy brief is available for download here.

The findings and recommendations in this publication are based on the conclusions from a pilot project “Baltic Sea Pioneers for better Pollution and Reporting”. The project was initiated as a result of the Baltic Sea City Accelerator programme (BSCA). Within this project, Race for the Baltic and SIWI Swedish Water House (SWH) saw the need and opportunity to further investigate municipalities’ monitoring and reporting of pollution data to national authorities and to HELCOM, as well as potential benefits for municipalities by doing so in a more structured approach.

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Five municipalities and one region around the Baltic Sea participated in the project: Mariehamn, Slupsk, Panevezys, Vaxholm, Västervik, Kalmar. These municipalities were selected because they were involved in the Race for the Baltic Baltic Sea City Accelerator programme and hence had an awareness of HELCOM BSAP. Building on the conclusions from an initial desk study, workshops were organized in Sweden, Lithuania, and Poland. Local, national and regional authorities were invited to the workshops, as well as research institutions involved in national reporting to HELCOM and NGOs.

Background information for this publication includes the study by Boston Consulting group: Restoring Waters in the Baltic Sea Region: A Strategy for Municipalities and Local Governments to Capture Economic and Environ- mental Benefits, Boston Consulting Group 2015.

The project was led by SIWI Swedish Water House (SWH), in partnership with Race for the Baltic and the Action Platform for Source-to- Sea Management (S2S platform). The project is being carried out with financial support from the Swedish Institute (SI).

More information on this project can be found here.