BASE Project – Implementation of the Baltic Sea Action Plan in Russia

Leading organisations:
HELCOM Secretariat (Finland) and St. Petersburg Public Organization “Ecology and Business”


Geographic Area:
Baltic Sea Region Eastern Europe


Priority area: Hazardous Substances (Identification of sources of pharmaceuticals in St Petersburg):
1) The overall aim of the project was to analyse the load of pharmaceuticals entering and passing through the city’s sewage system
2) Input to waste management strategies
3) Input to the HELCOM Ministerial Meeting in 2013, with regard to the effectiveness of treatment at WWTPs

Target audience:
Environmental experts, Local governments, National/Local decision and policy makers, Scientists, Waste/water treatment providers, and Water/waste service providers

Area of interest:
Occurrence of pharmaceuticals in the environment, Wastewater, and Water treatment technologies


Pilot activity to identify sources and flow patterns of pharmaceuticals in St. Petersburg to the Baltic Sea:
1) Screening activities in WWTPs (inflow/outflow) and receiving water bodies
2) Evaluation of the efficiency of treatment methods at municipal waste water treatment plans with regard to Diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory drug
3) Assessment of potential sources and flows of pharmaceuticals
4) Evaluation of consumer use patterns and other sectors’ use (e.g. industry, hospitals and pharmacies)
5) Contribution to the flagship project ‘Make the Baltic Sea Region a Lead in Sustainable Management for Pharmaceuticals’ under Priority Area 9 of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (Hazardous Substances)

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HCWH Europe gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the European Commission (EC)’s LIFE+ programme, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) Germany, and the German Environment Agency (UBA). HCWH Europe is solely responsible for the content of this project and related materials. The views expressed do not reflect the official views of the EC, BMU, or UBA.