Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission – HELCOM
The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission – better known as the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM), works to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources of pollution through intergovernmental cooperation between Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the European Union.
HELCOM is the governing body of the “Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area” – usually known as the Helsinki Convention. The Convention covers the whole of the Baltic Sea area, including inland waters as well as the water of the sea itself and the seabed. Measures are also taken in the whole catchment area of the Baltic Sea to reduce land-based pollution.
The headquarters of the Helsinki Commission are located in Helsinki, Finland.