Up till now substantial work by the Lead Partner and the Project Partners has been devoted to starting-up the project and finalizing the formalities related to its revision, due to the lack of ENPI financing for the Russian partners.
The Joint Technical Secretariat of the Baltic Sea Region Programme has approved the revised project and extended its duration by six months until 24 April 2012.
Additionally, the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) has granted 200.000 EUR to ensure the involvement of Russian organizations in the project. The NCM is the forum for Nordic governmental co-operation.
The Nordic Council of Ministers Information Office in Kaliningrad is currently preparing a detailed budget plan, and is planning to organize two workshops for Russian stakeholders, one in Kaliningrad on 26-27 November 2009 and one in St. Petersburg, in order to discuss with potential partners the “Russian” component of BRISK.
The project work has been concentrated on a common, Baltic-wide methodology to be used in risk assessments of pollution by oil and hazardous substances at sea. The general method and working structure has been accepted.
The methodology used in an earlier Danish project is taken as a starting point, and it is now being adjusted so that it can be applicable in different sub-regions of the Baltic. One of the main model adaptations concerns the consequences of sea ice for the risk of accidents and consequence for environmental damage.
Furthermore, the data collection phase is about to be initiated. To this purpose, the data that need to be delivered by the participating countries are being defined: They include accident and spill data, data on goods traffic, vulnerability, emergency response and many more.