The SAMBAH project one of the best
Following a decision by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment, the project SAMBAH (Static Acoustic Monitoring of the Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise) has been nominated for an award in the "Best of the best” competition for projects implemented through LIFE+ and completed in 2016 – 2017. The projects have been nominated in the categories Environment and Nature. Nine winners will be selected from amongst all the nominees. The tenth winner, in the category "Green cities", will be selected by means of a public vote on LIFE+ official profile on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LIFE.programme/).
The results will be announced and the award ceremony held during EU Green Week on 23 May 2018 at the BluePoint Conference Centre in Brussels.
The SAMBAH project was implemented between 2009 – 2016 by all Baltic States, with the exception of the Russian Federation. It was aimed at assessing the numbers and seasonal distribution of the extremely endangered population of the Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise. The data was collected and initially processed between 2011 – 2014. The Polish partners in the project included the University of Gdańsk with the Professor Krzysztof Skóra Hel Marine Station as the national project coordinator, the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management – Maritime Branch in Gdynia, and the Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection. National funding was provided by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, the Regional Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Gdańsk and partner resources.
The SAMBAH project is the first such large project in the world to employ the hydroacoustic method in the study of small cetaceans. The data obtained will be used in devising and implementing effective and rational methods of protecting the Baltic porpoise population.