Regional Seas Conventions


The Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area (Helsinki Convention) is a regional seas convention for the Baltic Sea. Its purpose is to prevent and eliminate pollution in order to promote the ecological restoration of the Baltic Sea area and the preservation of its ecological balance. Its geographical scope covers the seafloor, coastal zones, and also the drainage area of the Baltic Sea. It was adopted in 1992 and entered into force in 2000. There are 174 HELCOM MPAs in the Baltic Sea. UNEP-WCMC is working with the HELCOM Secretariat to ensure that the WDPA reflects the complete set of HELCOM MPAs.

For more information visit the HELCOM page on the Biodiversity A to Z or visit the HELCOM Marine Protected Areas page of the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission.HELCOM have created an online database to allow for viewing and searching spatial and descriptive data on the HELCOM MPA network as reported by HELCOM countries, you can access this online system here.


To see a list of all HELCOM MPAs in the WDPA click here