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11.8. Research, improvement of knowledge base reducing uncertainty in the marine and coastal environment

  • EPA-SL should in collaboration with its partners conduct regular assessment of the state of the environment of coastal and marine areas every 3-4 years.
  • EPA-SL should in collaboration with partners conduct regular monitoring of ecologically sensitive coastal areas and the marine environment.
  • EPA-SL and where possible other institutions with the availability of resources should prepare and maintain profiles of coastal area resources, activities, uses, habitats and protected areas.
  • In order to establish a basis for proper management and control on coastal environmental activities and issues, the existing data base must be improved both with regards to information on environmental characteristics and information on contaminant levels in the biota, sediments and possibly water.