Estonian Marine StrategyEstonian Marine Strategy

Developing the programme of measures for the Estonian marine area in compliance with the requirements of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, including feasibility study on using LNG as an alternative ship fuel to reduce pollution

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Developing the programme of measures for the Estonian marine area in compliance with the requirements of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, including feasibility study on using LNG as an alternative ship fuel to reduce pollution

Through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with the beneficiary countries in Europe. The three countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).

For the period 2009-2014, the EEA Grants and Norway Grants amount to €1.79 billion. Norway contributes around 97% of the total funding. Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Greece, Portugal and Spain. There is broad cooperation with donor state entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016.

Key areas of support are environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil soci­ety, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage.


Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) sets a target for achieving good environmental status in the marine environment by 2020. The project ‘Developing the programme of measures for the Estonian marine area in compliance with the requirements of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, including feasibility study on using LNG as an alternative ship fuel to reduce pollution’ of EEA Grants programme ‘Integrated marine and inland water management’ is directly related to sustainable management of the marine waters. That also includes assessing the impact of implemented and planned measures and therefore achieving or maintaining good environmental status in marine waters.

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Photo: Peeter Laas.

The project will develop a marine strategy in accordance with MSFD for managing Estonian marine waters. It consists of regionally coordinated cost-effective monitoring programme and programme of measures for managing pressures in marine environment. A technical and economic feasibility study as well as an environmental impact study on using LNG as ship fuel, as one possible measure, will be carried out.

The project will improve knowledge on marine environmental status and the pressures affecting it as well as the ability to manage those pressures. The target groups of the current project are governmental environmental institutions, relevant ministries, local municipalities, various non-governmental environmental organizations, educational and research institutions and other interested parties.

There will be analysis; meetings with environmental officials and public seminars carried out during the project, with the results published.


Programme:
European Economic Area (EEA) Grants 2009-2014 programme ‘Integrated marine and inland water management’

Priority:
good environmental status of marine waters

Duration:
March 2014 – April 2016

Total project budget:
598 200 €

EEA funding:
542 029 €

Estonian co-funding:
56 171 €