What is EnSaCo

 
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 can substantially contribute to improving the preparedness of Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Russia to respond to pollution from ships in the Central Baltic Sea. 
  
Since the spring of 2007 Estonian, Finnish and Swedish authorities responsible for shoreline & archipelago oil spill response and NGOs had developed the project in cooperation with educational institutions. Also, open sea authorities and HELCOM had strongly participated in development work. In addition to Estonian, Finnish and Swedish shoreline authorities, Russian authorities had been involved in project development as Russia has an important role in oil transportations. The project is of strategic importance as shoreline authorities are encouraged to implement cross-border management cooperation in governmental agreements (Baltic Sea Action Plan (HELCOM Rec.28E/12), Marine Strategy Directive and Copenhagen agreement). The project has a significant practical role in facilitating the implementation of such agreements and recommendations. HELCOM and open sea authorities will closely follow the implementation of the project as steering group members.
 
The project aimed to reduce negative environmental and socio-economic impacts of an oil spill accident through developing shoreline cross-border response on a concrete operative level. The main objective of the EnSaCo Oil Spill project was to raise the level of expertise and to intensify cross-border shoreline response cooperation among authorities and NGOs in Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Russia. Such practical target-oriented cooperation had not existed before.

 

For more information please contact

Lauri Tuomi
lauri.tuomi(a)haaga-helia.fi  or

Annariikka Martikainen-Rodriguez
annariikka.martikainen-rodriguez(a)haaga-helia.fi.