Links to these programmes and institutes - see below
Cooperation with users and other research programmes
Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission  (Helsinki Commission, HELCOM). Decision makers within HELCOM and the European Union are the main target groups for the MARE programme for future use of the decision support system Nest. An agreement of understanding has been signed between the MARE programme and HELCOM. A joint project is ongoing with HELCOM MONAS (HELCOM Working group for Monitoring and Assessment) regarding the use of data from the HELCOM Pollution Load Compilation 4 and a presentation of these data via Nest on the HELCOM web site. MARE researchers cooperate with colleagues from the Finnish Environment Institute, ICES och the monitoring programme EMEP (for data on deposition of airborne nutrients).


EU DG Environment. EU DG Research

The EC Water Framework Directive. The Baltic Sea is one of the bioregions designated for the implementation of the directive in EU coastal waters. Decision makers working on the implementation of the direcitve, as well as those in the European Enviroment Agency (EEA) working with enviromental information are important target groups for the use of Nest. The EU Marine Strategy. Eutrophication is one of the issues addressed in the marine strategy currently being developed for the EU countries. For eutrophication the objective is to eliminate human-induced eutrophication problems by 2010. Bothnian Bay Life is a co-operation project carried out by environmental authorities on both sides of the Bothnian Bay. The goals of the project are to: form a general picture of the present state of the Bothnian Bay and the different factors affecting its environmental state; improve information exchange and communication on environmental issues between the countries involved (Finland and Sweden), industrial plants, and municipal and regional authorities; and set guidelines for the integrated monitoring and managing of the Bothnian Bay.
  Internationella havsforskningsrådet (ICES). ICES coordinates and promotes marine research in the North Atlantic. This includes adjacent seas such as the Baltic Sea and North Sea. ICES acts as a meeting point for a community of more than 1,600 marine scientists from 19 countries around the North Atlantic. Scientists working through ICES gather information about the marine ecosystem. As well as filling gaps in existing knowledge, this information is also developed into unbiased, non-political advice for, inter alia, HELCOM.
  Baltic Sea Research Programme (BIREME). The objective of BIREME is to deepen the understanding of conditions for science-based management of environmental issues in the Baltic Sea. The programme focuses on research aiming at preventing problems caused by eutrophication and harmful substances as well as on maintenance of biodiversity and sustainable use of marine resources. The IMAGINE project (Interpreting Baltic Coastal Marine Ecological Date for Environmental Decision Making) is directly linked to WP 2 of the MARE programme. The BIRIME programme is in it´s final year and results from the programme, together with results from the MARE programme will be published in a speciel number of AMBIO in 2007.

Global Environment Facility (GEF) - Baltic Sea Regional Project. The overall objective of the Baltic Sea Regional Project (BSRP) is to introduce ecosystem-based assessments to strengthen the management of Baltic Sea coastal and marine environments through regional cooperation and targeted transboundary coastal, marine and watershed activities. The project is financed by GEF several of the HELCOM member states. It will by managed through HELCOM (in cooperation also with, inter alia, the Baltic Sea Fisheries Commission), and the project leader is stationed with ICES.


European Lifestyles and Marine Ecosystems (ELME). Marine ecosystems pose great intrinsic value as reserves of biological diversity and are vital providers of goods and services to humanity. However, Europe’s four sea areas; the Baltic, NE Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Sea have each paid a heavy price for unsustainable development within their catchments and sea areas. Bringing marine ecosystems into policies for sustainable development requires better information on the causal connections between human pressures and the changing state of the systems. ELME will enhance understanding of causality, forecast the impacts of divergent development scenarios and inform evolving Community policies. Current interdisciplinary knowledge linking lifestyles with their marine environmental consequences is widely dispersed. ELME brings together a necessarily large consortium, including 28 partners, covering all relevant disciplines and regions. It integrates existing knowledge of environmental state changes, sectorial pressures and social and economic drivers using a common conceptual model. It will select contextual indicators for each causal level and model the relationships between them. These models will be applied to plausible development scenarios with particular focus on the accession process, to explore possible consequences for the stated four marine ecosystems. Results will be diffused to all relevant stakeholders.