“Environment and Safety Management Cooperation on Shoreline Oil Spill Response” 

Oil transportation and other traffic in the Central Baltic Sea are growing steadily, increasing the risk of pollution from ships. The project aimed to reduce negative environmental and socio-economic impacts of an oil spill accident through rapid and efficient shoreline oil spill response. Authorities responsible for shoreline (including archipelago) oil spill response recognized that their readiness to act is not at an adequate level and launched an initiative, the EnSaCo Oil Spill project. The project was of importance as it substantially contributed to improving the preparedness of Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Russia to respond to pollution from ships in the Central Baltic Sea.  
The main objective of the EnSaCo Oil Spill project was to raise the level of expertise and to intensify cross-border shoreline response by jointly developing new practical management tools and efficient cooperation methods, including oiled wildlife response, among authorities, NGOs and educational institutions in Estonia, Finland (incl. Åland), Sweden and Russia. Such practical target-oriented cooperation aiming at intensified cross-border shoreline oil spill response from environmental and safety management perspective had not existed before. 


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