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

Septic tank pumping service to a leisure boat marina

Actor: Rotary Clubs of Finlandia Hall, Munkkiniemi and Kallio   ●   Year: 2011   ●   Address: Merihaka, Helsinki, Finland

Rotary Clubs gathered the funds for the pumping station of bilge and septic waters from leisure boats.© Rotaryklubi Finlandia Hall, Kallio ja Munkkiniemi


The device was installed in May 2011 nearby the home port of the Merihaka Yacht Club in the middle of the City of Helsinki. Both the Yacht Club of Merihaka and Marinetek Finland Oy participated in the project. The rotaries paid for the device. The City of Helsinki took care of the connection to the city’s sewer system and built the pontoon dock. The device was delivered by the Marinetek Finland Oy and the yacht club maintains and supervises the device.


The device is in public use. Together with the Yacht Club of Merihaka the greatest benefit goes to the Yacht Club of Hakaniemi and the other sailors in the area of Eläintarhanlahti, Kaisaniemenlahti and Siltasaarensalmi. Boaters can empty their waste waters in the port instead of emptying them into the sea. This way, the sheltered bays and straits are preserved from the nutrients of the waste waters.

Background information

Further information

Name: Hannele Kauranne   ●  Email: hannele.kauranne (a) gmail.com   ●  Web page: http://finlandiahall.rotary.fi/