On 5-7 October in Stockholm (Sweden) the Conference on sustainable maritime transport solutions in the Baltic Sea Area was held. Environmental NGOs, politicians, shipowners' organisations, maritime authorities etc. from the Baltic Sea Region attended the meeting. Among them: Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications (Sweden), Maritime Department of Ministry of Transport and Communications (Estonia), Port of Stockholm, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, University of Stockholm, Port of Gdansk, Institute of Shipping Analysis (Sweden), Swedish Maritime Administration, European Union Commission-DG Environment, Coalition Clean Baltic, WWF Baltic Programme, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Green Federation-Poland, Friends of the Earth-Estonia. Russia was represented by environmental NGOs "Green World" (Sosnovy Bor - St. Petersburg) and Ecodefense (Kaliningrad).
The conference gathered representatives from all stakeholder groups in the Baltic region, as well as from the rest of the EU, including a representative from the European Commission's DG Environment, to roundtable discussions on measures that can guarantee sustainable development of the transport sector in the BSA over the long term.
In the frame of the Conference three workshops discussed how to make shipping less harmful to the environment. It was highlighted that environmental NGOs play an important role in this work. Participants adopted the Declaration where they offer a lot of practical steps to protect Baltic environment.
In particular, NGO Stockholm Declaration proposed to apply for Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) status for all the Baltic Sea at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) taking into account the HELCOM network of marine protected areas (Baltic Sea Protected Areas, BSPAs). This will e.g. minimise negative impacts of illegal oil discharges on environmentally sensitive areas and seabirds.
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