Action for the Reinforcement of the Transitional Waters' Environmental Integrity

Component 4

Developing the Good Practice Code of Conduct

Component 4 focuses on providing a single Good Practice Code of Conduct for the reinforcement of TW environmental integrity in the South Baltic Area. A regional model for the reinforcement of the environmental integrity of SBTWs is developed in the form of the Good Practice Code of Conduct. This result helps to strike an operational balance between EU requirements for MSP, WFD and ICZM from two perspectives – first, of the cross-border cooperation and second, of the environmental integrity of river basins – TW – open sea.

It is aimed to collate the best practices and actions relevant for this purpose, mainly the cross-border coastal river basin management, ICZM and SEA procedures in every TW area and to develop a coherent regional innovative knowledge pool for proper reinforcement of the environmental integrity of the SBTWs.

The Good Practice Code of Conduct was jointly developed by the project partners and presented on the political level (HELCOM). In the process of the development of the Code of Conduct not only the best experience from the ARTWEI project was applied, but also from other cross-border cooperation projects in other TWs of Europe, relying on the added value of the rich expertise pool of EUCC – The Coastal and Marine Union. Experience in the cross-border cooperation for the reinforcement of environmental integrity of the trilateral Wadden Sea area (The Netherlands – Germany – Denmark) is of particular value.

The best practice measures of the TW environmental integrity maintenance were applied in the project course in several different SBTW areas: findings from a more advanced area were tested in other, less-advanced SBTWs in order to validate the transferability of the best practice.

The activity in Component 4 is also aimed to establish close cooperation links with the key trans-national decision takers and networks, which are relevant for the reinforcement of the environmental integrity of the SBTWs, particularly with the Baltic Sea Environment (Helsinki) Commission relying on the observer status of EUCC to the Commission.


Back to Components