Baltic Sea Cleanup Discussed in Helsinki

The shallow, icy Baltic is highly vulnerable to oil spills and other pollution. Photo: YLE.Promises to protect the Baltic Sea will be weighed up on Thursday at a meeting in Helsinki. Representatives and organisations from countries circling the Baltic Sea will explain what they have done to promote Baltic Sea conservation during the past year.

Over 160 obligations were made to protect the sea during the Baltic Sea Action Summit in Helsinki a year ago. Organisers of the conference aimed for concrete steps to clean up the Baltic, which they call ‘the world’s most polluted sea’. The shallow, brackish and often-icy Baltic is highly vulnerable to oil spills and other pollution.

On Thursday the meeting will hear from President Tarja Halonen and Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi among others.

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