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! Read more on page About us!

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

Voluntary oil spill containment training

Actor: City of Turku   ●   Year: 2011   ●   Address: Puutarhakatu 1, Turku, Finland

The first voluntary oil spill containment training was organised for the staff of the City of Turku in 2010-2011.© City of Turku


The training was organised together with the Southwest Finland Rescue Department (Varsinais-Suomen aluepelastulaitos) and WWF Finland. The training included teaching of theory and practical exercises.


The Archipelago Sea with its numerous islands is an extremely challenging area from the oil spill containment’s point of view. The work must be quick and co-ordinated. In case of oil catastrophe the volunteer force is needed to help the authorities. By organising trainings, the number of volunteers is increased.

During the course the participants receive training on how to avoid consequences of oil spill, how to minimize them and what kind of effects the oil has on the environment. The individuals who have received the training can lead a group of about ten volunteers in oil spill containment operations.

Background information

The arranging of the training is a voluntary action in which the trainees are also volunteers.

© City of Turku

Further information

Name: Olli-Pekka Mäki   ●  Email: olli-pekka.maki (a) turku.fi   ●  Web page: www.turku.fi