Organizations relevant to the topic of dumped chemical munitions in the Baltic Sea region.


- Priority Area HAZARDS of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

PA Hazards provides a platform for cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region and a region-wide network of stakeholders of hazardous substances at all levels. PA Hazards organizes workshops for capacity building and increased knowledge transfer between national authorities in the Baltic Sea Region, e.g. on interlinks between EU legal frameworks and harmonization of marine monitoring.

- The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission/ Helsinki Commission

HELCOM is an intergovernmental organization of the nine Baltic Sea coastal countries and the European Union working to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources of pollution and to ensure safety of navigation in the region. HELCOM is the governing body of the ‘Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area’, more usually known as the Helsinki Convention.


- The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

The OPCW is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which entered into force in 1997. As of today OPCW has 190 Member States, who are working together to achieve a world free of chemical weapons. The OPCW Member States share the collective goal of preventing chemistry from ever again being used for warfare, thereby strengthening international security.

– International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions      

Is a non-governmental organization/Society founded in 2004 by Mr. Terrence P. Long. The IDUM's mission is to promote the creation of an internationally binding treaty on all classes (biological, chemical, conventional, and radiological) of underwater munitions. This treaty would encourage countries to collaborate on underwater munitions policy, research, science, and responses including environmentally-friendly remediation in affected regions. The IDUM is collaborating with international leaders and organizations to better understand the socio-economic impact on both human health and environment from years of decaying underwater munitions. The organization is facilitating this through international diplomacy via national and international programs, dialogues, conferences, workshops, committees, senate hearings, and international commissions. Since 2011 the Chief Inspector of Environmental Protection of Poland has been Vice-President of IDUM.              


Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention

VERIFIN is located in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Helsinki. VERIFIN is one of the world’s leading institutes in the field of analysis of chemical warfare agents in environmental samples. During the last years the Institute has also focused on method development and analysis of biomarkers for chemical warfare agents in various samples like human urine/plasma and fish and mussel tissue samples. VERIFIN is an accredited laboratory. It is also the designated laboratory of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and a National Authority of Finland defined by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) working under the guidance of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Finnish Environment Institute

The Finnish Environment Institute is a state agency under the Finnish Ministry of Environment carrying most of the environmental research as well as the coordination of national environmental monitoring.


- the cross administrative expert circle “Sea Dumped Munitions" in Germany

BLANO is a cross administration body to coordinate the task of MSFD in Germany. It is subdivided in expert groups among which one is dealing with sea dumped munitions:
The group works on The Program on Munitions in German Marine Waters within the Ministry of Energy, Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Areas Schleswig-Holstein.

Thünen Institute of Fisheries Ecology

The Thünen Institute of Fisheries Ecology is one of the 14 science institutes within the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, under the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture. It has expertise in agriculture, forest ecology and fisheries. TI-FI addresses issues related to the effects of anthropogenic pressures on marine ecosystems, with a focus on the effects in fish from the North and Baltic Seas. It is responsible for national chemical and biological monitoring with regards to hazardous substances and their biological effects on biota from offshore regions.

Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven is Germany’s leading institute for polar and marine research. The AWI Department Ecological Chemistry has broad experience in the development of indicators and expert systems for integrated analysis of chemical and biological data including the assessment of contaminant impact on the marine environment.


Lithuanian Environmental Protection Agency

The Lithuanian Environmental Protection Agency (LEPA) is charged with organising, coordinating and performing environmental monitoring and implemention of the Lithuanian policy on control of hazardous substances. The LEPA Marine Research Department has experience with assessments of the environment state at chemical munitions dumpsites in the Lithuanian economic zone and in publishing guidelines for fished munitions in Lithuania.


Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

The IO PAN conducts scientific research in shelf seas and coastal regions in the Baltic and European Arctic Seas. IO PAN was the lead partner in the CHEMSEA project.

- Polish Naval Academy

PNA is a military university under the supervision of the Ministry of National Defence and a military unit carrying out missions related to national defence. It is also a military scientific institution, based in Gdynia, with expertise in operational oceanography, including underwater operations relating to dumped munitions.

- Military University of Technology

The Military University of Technology (MUT) in Warsaw is a state military technical school at the university level. It is one of the most experienced entities regarding CWA security issues in Poland and is the operator of the largest polish CWA laboratory. The Institute of Chemistry at MUT is a full-time organisational unit of the Faculty of New Technologies and Chemistry, established to conduct teaching and education, research and training of scientific staff in the disciplines of ecology and environmental monitoring, explosives and fireworks, hazardous materials and chemical rescue.


Swedish Defence Research Agency

The Swedish Defence Research Agency is an assignment-based authority under the Swedish Ministry of Defence, specialising in research, methods and technology development, as well as studies in the context of defence and security. Both military and civil assignments include security policy studies and analyses in defence and security, assessment of different types of threats, systems for control and management of crises, protection against and management of hazardous substances, IT-security and studies concerning the potential of new sensors.

Swedish Maritime Administration

The Swedish Maritime Administration, located in Norrköping, is the safe shipping and nautical charting authority responsible for hydrographic surveying and fairway maintenance in Swedish waters as well as technical development in these fields. Their areas of activity include pilotage, fairway service, maritime traffic information, icebreaking, hydrography, maritime and aeronautical search and rescue and seamen services.

European CBRNE Center

The European CBRNE Center is a research consortium consisting of Umeå University, the Swedish Defence Research Agency, Västerbotten County Council, the City of Umeå, the Swedish Armed Forces National CBRN Defence Centre and the Swedish National Fortification Agency. The Center coordinates projects and exercises in the area of hazardous substances and conducts research and training concerning security and vulnerability relating to incidents with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive subjects. The Center’s work includes everything from smaller regional projects to larger international EU project and task assignments.


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