In the framework of cooperation with the Helsinki Commission, MSC-E performs regular evaluation of airborne pollution load of HMs and POPs to the Baltic Sea. This work is carried out in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) and is based on the long-term EMEP/HELCOM contract.

In this year activity was focused on the evaluation of Cd, Hg, B(a)P and PCB-153 pollution of the Baltic Sea. Results of the assessment were summarized in the Joint report of the EMEP Centres for HELCOM [Gauss et al., 2018] and presented in the indicator fact sheets.