In an effort to address the persistent threat posed by dumped munitions in the Baltic Sea and the Skagerrak, the MUNIMAP project, or Baltic Sea Munition Remediation Roadmap, embarks on a crucial mission to activate, speed up and coordinate the Baltic Sea munitions remediation.
Based on the outcomes of previous successful Interreg projects dealing with dumped munitions, MUNIMAP aims to catalyse, accelerate, and coordinate national processes.
The Baltic Sea Region continues to grapple with the aftermath of chemical and conventional munitions dumped in its waters after the Second World War, posing a serious threat to the marine ecosystem and endangering maritime economic activities.
Authorities responsible for marine area management face numerous challenges in remediating these munitions, navigating unclear legal frameworks, and often lacking the necessary resources and official mandates. National discussions and remediation efforts are currently also at different stages across the Baltic Sea Region.
- Establishing a modular roadmap, designed to be adaptable to individual country contexts, encompassing key elements such as policy development, administration, site selection, monitoring, and remediation methods. These components will be collaboratively developed and tested in conjunction with target user groups.
- Providing authorities with the best available techniques (BAT) and best environmental practices (BEP) for safe and environmentally friendly remediation.
The project’s lead partner is the Institute of Oceanology of Polish Academy of Sciences (IO PAN). The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) serves as a partner tasked with handling communication and policy dialogue.
Other notable partners in the larger project consortium that includes members from Denmark, Germany, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Norway are:
- German Environment Agency (UBA),
- Helsinki Commission (HELCOM),
- International Centre for Chemical Safety and Security (ICCSS)
- Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI).
1 March 2024 – 28 February 2027
Andriy Martynenko, CBSS Adviser at Safe and Secure, phone: +46 70 388 36 50, email: [email protected]