Pollution caused by hazardous substances still poses risks to the Baltic Sea area. Loads and impacts of some hazardous substances have been reduced considerably during the past 20-30 years, but concentrations of some other substances have increased in the marine environment.
The COHIBA Project studied the sources and inputs of the 11 hazardous substances or substance groups of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP), which are not very well known, and developed recommendations for measures to reduce these substances.
With the BSAP the Baltic Sea countries have committed themselves to achieve a “Baltic Sea with life undisturbed by hazardous substances". The overall objective of COHIBA was to support the implementation of the BSAP with regard to hazardous substances by developing joint actions to reach the goal.
The COHIBA project is also one of the flagship projects of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
COHIBA continued for three years (2009 - 2012). It was co-financed by the European Union within the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013. Its total budget amounted to around 4.9 million Euros.
COHIBA is one of the environmental projects that partipate in the cluster initiative 'Baltic Impulse - saving the Baltic Sea waters' in 2012-2013.
ECHA submitted the Draft plan for first substance evaluation to the Member States (ECHA, 21.10.2011)