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Building up the national infrastructure to ensure the effective implementation of the Ballast Water Convention
by Ministry of the Environment (Estonia) (Government)
The maritime transport is the most important contributor to the invasion and spread of alien species in Estonian marine areas. The aim is to ensure the effective implementation of the Ballast Water Convention and to minimise the risks of alien species invasion. In order to do so, training and capacity building will be provided for the institutions involved in ensuring the implementation of the Ballast Water Convention requirements. For ports and harbours improved cooperation will be ensured with relevant ship generated waste collection and treatment service providers. For the maritime transport sector measures will be coordinated to ensure the investments into adequate technologies to be applied on board ships. In addition to that, participation in regional and global data exchange systems on alien species will be prepared, for instance to provide information for early warning systems. Also system of allowing exemptions and implementing the effective monitoring will be implemented.
Progress reports
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
  • Development of necessary infrastructure and/or enforcement capabilities to comply with international law, as reflected in UNCLOS and as complemented by other ocean-related instruments
December 2020
Effective management system to implement the Ballast Water Convention
Financing (in USD)
300,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Research, training, new legislation
Basic information
Time-frame: December 2017 - December 2020
Estonian Marine Institute of the University of Tartu (Academic Institution)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Rene Reisne, Head of the Marine Environment Department, rene.reisner@envir.ee, +3726262855
Tallinn, Estonia
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