Countries of the Baltic Sea region share the responsibility for the protection of the marine environment. In case of environmental accident, it is crucial to have a coordinated cross-border reaction.
The main goal of project is to improve environmental security in marine and coastal waters in the Gulf of Riga and Irbe Strait by strengthening coordination between Latvian and Estonian rescue services and infrastructure managers (ports, small harbours, local governments). State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia (SFRS) in cooperation with other state and municipal institutions has to ensure disaster management (response and pollution clean-up) in internal waters to the sea shoreline, while Estonian Rescue Board (ERB) in close cooperation with Estonian Small Harbour Development Centre (ESHDC) has to ensure response measures and to deal with consequence management of pollution at least 2 hours till the Coast guard and environmental agencies take over the lead in ecological accidents. For that reason SAFE SEA aims to increase their capacity and strengthen coordination not only between SFRS, ERB and ESHDC, but also with other actors that are involved in rescue operations in case of environmental accidents. Among the involved actors are Coast Guards, MRCC, police and border guards, environmental agencies, harbours, local municipalities as well as local voluntary organizations which may be a crucial help to rescue services in case of environmental accidents. SAFE SEA would ensure raising of awareness and skills of involved actors for a more coordinated and effective response.
Joint trainings will improve cooperation among both countries; establish in common basis Standard operations procedures; develop common tactics and organizing joint practical Cross-border challenges: and theoretical exercises, thereby ensuring efficient support for the removal of pollution and oil spills.