- Published on Saturday, 19 April 2014 16:43
On 15th November 2007 in Cracow the States-Parties of the Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area HELCOM, including the Polish Minister of Environment on behalf of the Polish Government, signed the Baltic Sea Action Plan. One of its pars is the “Biodiversity and Nature Conservation” covering the decision to designate all already established Baltic Natura 2000 sites (as a contribution of the EU Member States; Russia establishes other sites) as the Baltic Sea Protection Areas (BSPAs) under the HELCOM Convention by the end of 2009. During the Baltic Action Plan Implementation Group held in October br. 2009? in Copenhagen the Helsinki Convention Secretariat appealed to designate sites by the end of 2009 to carry out the general assessment of completeness and coherence of the Baltic Sea Protection Areas for the States-Parties Meeting in May 2010 in Moscow.
So far the Polish Government has designated 4 sites equivalent to the area of two national parks: Woliński and Słowiński National Parks, and two natural landscape parks: the Coastal NLP, and Vistula Spit NLP. With reference to the above the Minister of Environment designated on 31st December 2009 the rest of Baltic Natura 2000 sites established in the Polish area of the Baltic Sea as the HELCOM BSPAs:
1. PLH320018 Oder’s mouth and Szczecin Lagoon
2. PLB990003 Pomeranian Bay
3. PLB990002 Coastal Baltic waters
4. PLC990001 Słupsk Bank
5. PLB220004 Vistula’s mouth
At the same time one submitted the updated boarders of the Natura 2000 sites overlapping with already established HELCOM BSPAs:
1. PLH320019 islands of Wolin and Usedom (overlapping with the Woliński National Park, BSPA ID 86)
2. PLH220023 Słowiński Refugium (overlapping with the Słowiński National Park, BSPA ID 85)
3. PLB220005 Puck Bay (overlapping with the Coastal natural landscape park, BSPA ID 84)
4. PLH280007 Vistula Lagoon and Vistula Spit (overlapping with the Vistula Spit natural landscape park, BSPA ID 83).