Project activities included practical development work supported by international and national workshops, seminars, oiled wildlife rehabilitation trainings and a cross-border, hands-on oil spill exercise. Development work was done by Estonian, Finnish, Swedish and Russian shoreline authorities and NGOs supported by educational institutions.
The results of the project are relevant to the safe and healthy environment of the Central Baltic Sea, as all shoreline oil spill authorities of Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Russia were committed to the project activities either as project partners or as key stakeholders.
Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) closely followed the project and contributed to it as an additional partner and as a steering group member.
Importance for the project arised from the increase in maritime traffic (especially oil transportations) in the Central Baltic Interreg IVA Programme area. This means a growing risk of an oil spill accident. If a major accident occurs in the Central Baltic Sea, cooperation is needed in cross-border management and in the rapid transfer of human and technical resources and in wildlife response. Open sea authorities had already established a workable cooperation model. However, among Estonian, Finnish and Swedish authorities responsible for the shoreline and archipelago, cooperation had not existed but authorities had developed shoreline oil spill response at a national level. Thus, the project arised from a practical need to create new kind of operational cross-border shoreline response management cooperation concerning efficient resource utilization, environmental and socio-economic decision making and to develop oil spill response methods including oiled wildlife rehabilitation.