Reporting obligation for: System of Coastal and Marine Baltic Sea Protected Areas (BSPA) (Recommendation 15/5)

Title System of Coastal and Marine Baltic Sea Protected Areas (BSPA) (Recommendation 15/5)
Description Report on implementation measures
Delivery process or content of this obligation overlaps with another reporting obligation (
Legislative instrument title Helsinki Convention
Reporting dates and guidelines
National reporting coordinators Finland
National reporting contacts
Reporting frequency  
Next report due HELCOM has stopped regularly reporting and will decide next reporting to be related to thematic assessment.
Date comments  
Report to Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (Helsinki Commission)
Other clients using this reporting
Reporting guidelines System of Coastal and Marine Baltic Sea Protected Areas (BSPA) [Valid since 10/03/1994]  
Extra information This reporting obligation overlaps with requirements of EC Habitats and Birds Directives.

An application for approval of a new BSPA can be sent at any time to the HELCOM Secretariat.

A proposal for a new BSPA should include:

- a completed pro-forma (see link)
- a map with the same precision and quality as maps officially published, preferably at a scale of 1:20.000 to 1:100.000, should include at least:
- 4 marked geographical coordinates (lat./long.),
- major roads and settlements (coastal area),
- the coastline (coastal areas) and isobaths,
- borderline of proposed BSPA

These guidelines are oriented on ecological criteria of several international conservation acts. Socio-economic and cultural criteria are not considered, because a BSPA should primarily reflect the natural environment of the Baltic Sea Area.
Principle repository  
Data used for
Type of information reported Administrative, Compliance, Spatial, Text report