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.
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Awareness raising

Hazardous materials

Littering etc.

Oil spill prevention

Research and monitoring

Shipping and boating

Stormwater management

Strategies and programs

Wastewater management


Drainage basin

Reception point for the cruisers’ waste waters

Actor: Port of Turku   ●   Year: 2010   ●   Address: Linnankatu 90, Turku, Finlanf

Reception point for the cruisers’ waste waters was completed in the beginning of the summer of 2010 in the Port of Turku.© Port of Turku


From the berths which do not have a built-in sewer, the cruisers’ waste waters can be received to the reception point with tank cars. The Port of Turku has also decided to charge no extra fee for the reception of waste waters for the cruisers which run in the harbour during the years 2010-2011.


The purpose of the action was to improve the reception capacity of waste waters in the Port of Turku. By offering a free reception service for the cruisers, they are encouraged to leave their waste waters ashore.

Background information

The action was voluntary. At the moment the compulsory discharge of waste waters at ports applies only to the vessels of domestic traffic. By removing the waste water fee from the cruisers, they were encouraged to reduce the pollution load of the Baltic Sea.

Further information

Name: Markku Alahäme   ●  Email: markku.alahame (a) turku.fi   ●  Web page: http://www.portofturku.fi/