Welcome to find support for water protection!

Welcome to finding information, examples and practical tips for water protection!

Tools for water protection is a web-based toolbox providing support for implementing water protection actions at local level. It is designed for professionals and experts who do concrete work, strategic planning or make decisions on water protection in cities, municipalities, companies, NGOs or other organisations.

The Toolbox provides information and tools that assist with water protection. In addition to practical tips, tools and background information, in the Bank of Actions you can browse actions that local organisations have already implemented for the protection of local waters and the Baltic Sea – and you can also share your organisation’s own actions!

This site was established in 2015 by the EU Life+ funded project CITYWATER, in collaboration with the Baltic Sea Challenge. The first tools are based on the results of the CITYWATER project. The site is now managed and updated by the Baltic Sea Challenge. More tools and actions are needed – please contact us and tell us about your ideas!

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The Baltic Sea Challenge

Action at the local level is the key! Join the network and find ideas, examples, best practices and possibilities for collaboration.

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Communication strategy

Find tips and guidelines on how to communicate the benefits of water protection efficiently to get your message through!

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Cost-benefit analysis

Learn how the benefits of water protection can be assessed and compared to the costs of implementation!

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Storm water solutions

Considering implementing sustainable storm water solutions? Read about solutions, tips and recommendations for practical work!

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Find inspiration and ideas in water protection actions implemented by the Baltic Sea Challenge network.
Browse the Bank of Actions!


Awareness raising

Hazardous materials

Littering etc.

Oil spill prevention

Research and monitoring

Shipping and boating

Stormwater management

Strategies and programs

Wastewater management


Drainage basin

Introducing the water protection measures in agriculture

Actor: City of Helsinki   ●   Year: 2011   ●   Address: Viikinkaari 11, Helsinki, Finland

In order to introduce water protection measures carried out in agriculture the Environment Centre and the Public Works Department of Helsinki together with the University of Helsinki installed signposts at the outdoor recreation areas of Haltiala, Tuomarinkylä and Department of Agricultural Sciences of Viikki.© City of Helsinki


The signposts give information about the effects of agricultural measures to water systems and about water protection actions. With the help of these signposts the visitors can become acquainted with different cultivation methods, such as direct sowing, differences between organic and conventional farming, meadows and fields which are located on the lands of the farms, fallows, buffer zones, forest areas, different breeds of cattle and other animals and plants of the area. The beautiful pictorial signposts have been placed on the corners of the fields and pastures. Because of this, getting to know the signs also offers a nice trip to the nature.


The signposts in the outdoor recreational areas increase peoples’ knowledge of the state of the Baltic Sea and the agricultural actions taken for protecting the water systems. This way, people can receive a new perception of the causes of the diffuse loading.

Background information

The action is totally voluntary. Its purpose is to increase awareness of the effects of agriculture to the Baltic Sea and of the actions for protecting the water systems.

Further information

Name: Päivi Islander   ●  Email: paivi.islander (a) hel.fi   ●  Web page: www.hel.fi