The international legal framework of environmental security in the system of the Baltic Sea and the Aral Sea sustainable development. How to save a critical Baltic sea and a critical Aral lake.

MS PowerPoint Presentation by Aladin N.V. and Plotnikov I.S. (1455Kb)

What is common between the Baltic Sea and the Aral Sea and how to improve the environmental situation on the drying lake. (In Russian)

MS PowerPoint Presentation by Aladin N.V. and Plotnikov I.S. (3242Kb)

Baltic Day 2012 - Non-stop Mega-media-project “How to Save Critical Sea”

MS PowerPoint Presentation by Aladin N.V., Diebold A., Plotnikov I.S., Keyser D., Yaschenko R.V., Aladin I.N., Maltsev V.O., Sokolova E.A., McGowan D., Gentet T. (934Kb)

308 years of living at the edge of the Baltic Sea: Management in St.-Petersburg

MS PowerPoint Presentation by Aladin N.V. and Plotnikov I.S. (2171Kb)


BONUS is an EU 6th Framework Programme ERA-NET project for years 2004-2007. BONUS brings together the key research funding organisations in all EU Member States around the Baltic Sea and Russia.

Process for Developing the BONUS-169 Baltic Sea Science Plan & Objectives of the Consultations

MS PowerPoint Presentation by Chris Hopkins (501Kb)

Baltic Sea Regional Project

MS PowerPoint Presentation by Jan Thulin (770Kb)

IV Nevsky International Ecological Congress - Modern problems of studying and preserving biodiversity of not full-saline seas and saline lakes

MS PowerPoint Presentation by Nick Aladin and Igor Plotnikov (702Kb)

Baltic Day 2011

MS PowerPoint Presentation by Nick Aladin (250Kb)

Baltic Day 2010

MS PowerPoint Presentation by Nick Aladin (343Kb)

Communication at the meeting on COOPERATION BETWEEN FINLAND, ESTONIA AND RUSSIA ON BIODIVERSITY IN THE GULF OF FINLAND organized by Finnish Ministry of the Environment, 12-13 April 2007, Kotka, Finland

Activities of Zoological Institute concerning biodiversity inventories in the Gulf of Finland and possibilities for cooperation

MS PowerPoint Presentation by Sergey Golubkov, Nadezda Berezina, Marina Orlova, Aleksey Maximov, Eugenia Balushkina, Irena Telesh, Yulia Gubelit, Mikhail Golubkov (3.1 Mb)

This informal presentation was made in USA in the Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab 4 June 2007.

Informal Seminar on the Baltic Sea Biodiversity. Some New Ideas from the Point of View of the Osmoregulation.

MS PowerPoint Presentation by N.V. Aladin, D. Keyser, I.S. Plotnikov, M.B. Dianov (1809Kb)

Influence of Salinity Change on the Baltic Sea Biodiversity

MS PowerPoint Presentation by N.V. Aladin (2112Kb)

Presentations that were made during BALTIC SEA DAY (St-Petersburg, March 21-32). Two the first presentations presentations were prepared under umbrella of Lead Laboratory on Baltic Sea biodiversity, HELCOM-BSRP, Hamburg University and Zoological Institute RAS

The 3rd presentation was prepared under leadership of Swedish colleagues.

Conception of the Baltic Sea Biodiversity: View from Osmoregulation and Brackish Water Hydrobiology Principles

MS PowerPoint Presentation by Aladin N.V., Keyser D., Plotnikov I.S., Dianov M.B. (2334Kb)

Ostracods of Baltic Harbour Sediments

MS PowerPoint Presentation by Keyser D., Aladin N.V., Scharf B., Frenzel P., Plotnikov I.S. (2745Kb)

Suggestions of methods to oxygenize the deeper part of The Baltic Proper

MS PowerPoint Presentation by Peter Kjaerboe, Stefan Nystrom, Arne Moberg, and Nick Aladin (1412Kb)

The Russian consultation on developing the Science Plan - Framework Proposal for BONUS-169 Science Plan, St.-Petersburg, Russian Federation, January 31 2006

Major Russian Consultations on BONUS-169 Baltic Sea Science Plan
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Baltic Sea Biodiversity kick-off Workshop, St.-Petersburg, Russian Federation, May 26-27 2006

Videoreport of Baltic Sea Biodiversity kick-off Workshop

   Videoreport of Baltic Sea Biodiversity kick-off Workshop (AVI-file, MS Windows Media Video, 288x216px, 25fps, 11 min, 19Mb)

Baltic Sea Biodiversity Concept

List of taxonomists

List of useful publications on taxonomy

List of network experts from foreign countries for LL on biodiversity

List of network experts from Russian Federation for LL on biodiversity

List of events attended by the head of LL on Biodiversity


Decision on establishment of the Lead Laboratory on Biodiversity at the Zoological Institute has been made at the First Meeting of the Baltic Sea Steering Group (BSSG) on 10 May 2004.

Duration of the project: 2004-2007.

Local Project Manager -
November 2004 - February 2007 - Prof. N.V. Aladin (e-mail:
Since March 2007 - Prof. S.M. Golubkov (e-mail:

Within the BALTIC SEA REGIONAL PROJECT (, a Lead Laboratories has been nominated for specific disciplines within each Large Marine Ecosystem module (Productivity, Pollution and Ecosystem Health, Fish and Fisheries, and Socio-economics) for both coastal and open sea activities. The aim is to develop a practical integration of institutes, to harmonize sampling techniques, to rationalize assessment and reporting and to achieve a general upgrading and use of equipment and laboratories in a cost effective and quality-assured manner. The role of the Lead Laboratories is the coordination of activities within their respective field of specialty. The Lead Laboratories are serving as links to the Coordination Centers, organize workshops and QA procedures, take the responsibility of harmonizing monitoring programs and serve as support for participating institutes during sampling and laboratory work and the handling and storing of data in databases.

The Scope of Services for the Lead Laboratory on Biodiversity and its Local Project Manager includes:

  1. Serve as the Local Project Manager(LPM) and responsible officer of the Lead laboratory (LL), supervise and coordinate implementation of project activities relative to biodiversity issues under Component 1 (C1).
  2. To organize an introductory coordination and a technical workshop on biodiversity issues.
  3. To report results and progress according to the project plan to the Coordination Centers (CC).
  4. To act as reference center within biodiversity towards other BSRP laboratories, HELCOM and ICES.
  5. To work with all local facilities and coordinate on technical matters.
  6. To assist the CC.s and LL:s when purchasing the necessary equipment to upgrade national laboratories.
  7. To organize and train staff as required for new equipment and techniques.
  8. To coordinate collection and distribution of data and samples within biodiversity issues and to assist the Coordination Centers in compilations and data processing.
  9. To consult with the C1C/C1AC and/or the CC:s on technical matters.
  10. To support further development of biodiversity monitoring and assessment of biodiversity loss in the Baltic Sea.
  11. To support elaboration of biodiversity and nature conservation indicators and Ecological Quality Objectives for the Baltic Sea.
  12. To support production and updating of threatened species and biotopes inventories in the Baltic Sea area.
  13. To support protection of species/habitat/biotope diversity in the Baltic sea and its coastal areas.
  14. To integrate and cooperate with other activities within Components 1, 2, and 3, according to arrangements made by the Coordination Centers.
  15. To establish cooperation with relevant regional projects and organizations.
  16. To coordinate compilations, data processing and assessments.
  17. To participate in appropriate ICES working groups and regional fora.
  18. To assist in the preparation for organized integrated evaluations and assessments and report results to ICES and HELCOM Working Groups/Committees and other relevant bodies.
  19. Coordinate and establish links for ecosystem-based management between relevant marine (C1) and land based- coastal zone management (C2) activities.
  20. Contribute to preparation of annual work plans according the PIP/PPP.
  21. Liaise with national authorities and stakeholders to secure project support and sustainability