15 May 2012
Ministry of the Environment
Minister for the Environment Lena Ek on maritime and water policy efforts
16 May 2012
State Secretary, Anders Flanking, Ministry of Environment, Sweden
24 April 2012
23 April 2012
The water in our seas, coastal areas, lakes and watercourses is an indispensable resource not only for people in general, but also for businesses, cities and regions. At the same time, this is an area that faces mounting environmental challenges. Fishing and shipping industries, energy production and tourism put increasing pressure on the maritime environment and plant and animal life, and place demands on planning of marine areas.
The Baltic Sea environment in particular faces substantial challenges, one sign of which is algal blooms. The Helsinki Commission, HELCOM for short, is a cooperation organisation for the marine environment around the Baltic Sea, and one organisation that addresses Baltic Sea issues. Sweden holds the Chairmanship of HELCOM through to 30 June.
Minister for the Environment Lena Ek talks in an interview about the cooperation in HELCOM, the task of planning marine areas and a bit about what is happening in water and maritime policy.
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