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The Gulf of Finland Science Days

“Facing our Common Future” 

The Gulf of Finland Science Days were held in Helsinki at the House of Estates on 13-14 November, 2019, The opening speech was given by president Tarja Halonen (see at: Tarja Halonen speech)

About 150 scientists and stakeholders participated to the two-day conference. There were 44 oral presentations 25 posters from 44 various institutes. During the Science Days ongoing projects were introduced (21 presentations). For the first time, a special Young scientists session was organized with 15 presentations.

Next The Gulf of Finland Science Days will be organized in Tallinn by the Estonian Academy of Sciences.





Day 1

Day 2



Trilateral Estonian-Finnish-Russian Gulf of Finland Forum in Saint Petersburg 17th-18th October 2018

Theme of the Forum was "Gulf of Finland - natural dynamics and anthropogenic impact", devoted to 50th Anniversary of trilateral Gulf of Finland co-operation.

The materials are available via this link.

Next Forum will be organized in Helsinki in the autumn 2019. More information will come later.

Gulf of Finland information packages published

New Gulf of Finland information packages explore the environmental challenges of the Gulf of Finland.

Aim of the co-operation

Our ultimate goal is to improve the environmental state of the Gulf of Finland through strengthened international co-operation.

The co-operation is a sub-regional contributor to various processes aiming at the protection of the Baltic Sea, especially in the context of the implementation of the HELCOM’s Baltic Sea Action Plan. In this work, marine protection objectives set forth within the framework of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive are taken into consideration. Also the Maritime Doctrine of the Russian Federation, EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the North-West Russia Development Strategy create frames for the trilateral work.

Thanks to the existing co-operation and the active roles that the ministries and various institutes have taken, we have been able to study the entire Gulf since the early 1990s, which was not possible before. Our joint efforts have led to the implementation of several direct and indirect protective measures which now steer research and decision-making towards the healthier Gulf. That said, there are still things to be done.

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