PA Nutri – Reducing nutrient inputs to the sea

Policy Area Nutri of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region works on Saving the Sea, which is one of the three main objectives of the Strategy. The aim of the Policy Area is to reduce nutrient inputs to the Baltic Sea to acceptable levels.

Of the many environmental challenges facing the Baltic Sea, the most serious and difficult to tackle with conventional approaches is the continuing eutrophication. Excessive nutrient loads through agricultural run-off, inadequately treated sewage, airborne emissions and internal fluxes are the main cause of eutrophication.
The impacts of eutrophication include oxygen depletion, reduced water clarity, an increase in filamentous algae, summer blooms of cyanobacteria (blue green algae) and other undesirable changes in species composition.

The latest decades' large-scale investments in waste water treatment plants and key decisions on cleaner shipping have had an important impact on decreasing the nutrient load. According to the latest HELCOM assessment total normalised nitrogen and phosphorus inputs to the Baltic Sea have decreased with 12% and 25%, respectively, since the reference period (1997-2003) and 2015. However, to save the sea, further and continued action is needed.

News and Announcements

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Seed Money: projects selected in the 2nd Call

Posted by Anna Hernberg, Wednesday, 7th October 2020 @ 11:24am

  • Two projects were selected for Seed Money support from Interreg Baltic Sea Region in the Nutri policy area in the second call:

    Climate Resilient Water and Wastewater Management in the BSR (WaterMan Seed)

    The objective – to decrease the outflow of nutrients and hazardous substances, including PFAS and microplastic, into groundwater and the Baltic Sea by coastal and upstream activities for example by water management or spatial planning.

    Model Nutrients Reduction Solutions In Near-Coast Touristic Areas (NURSECOAST)

    The objective – to develop and validate a shared methodology for establishing water quality in coastal waters. The results include: shared methodology for best methods of water quality measurement in coastal regions, the sources of pollutants, optimal application for a number of new technologies and processes under development or already available.

    With Seed money support, the projects can be prepared for applying project funding from any funding source available in the region.

    For additional information, please visit:

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Seed Money: 2nd Call for Applications is open!

Posted by Magdalena Dawidowicz, Friday, 25th October 2019 @ 2:44pm

  • Interreg Baltic Sea Region Seed Money supports the preparation of projects in line with the Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Seed money funding should be used to plan the main project activities, partnership and budget as well as to investigate the current situation of the thematic field and potential funding sources for the main project.

    Call open: 5 November 2019 

    The seed money application procedure consists of two steps. 

    Step 1:  Pre-selection by PA Nutri

    5 November 2019 – 9 December 2019 - Interested applicants are welcome to submit their applications to PA Nutri

    by 20 January 2020 – preselection by PA Nutri

    Step 2: Submission of seed money applications to Interreg Baltic Sea Region (only applications pre-selected by PACs/HACs)

    by 23 March 2020 - Submission of applications to the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat via online system  

    June 2020 - Selection of seed money projects by the Monitoring Committee

    The main general pre-selection criteria are:

    • The draft application demonstrates potential for a high macro-regional impact;

    • The draft application contributes to fulfilling the objectives, indicators and targets of the EUSBSR;

    • The draft application is related to the implementation of one or more actions of the policy area/horizontal action concerned;

    • The draft application has a clear transnational dimension;

    • The draft application demonstrates added value to already implemented activities/initiatives in the region.

    Detailed information regarding the timetable and the links to the call procedure are here.

EUSBSR Flagship project DESIRE meetings

Posted by Magdalena Dawidowicz, Monday, 14th October 2019 @ 12:36pm

  • DESIRE project organised the second meeting on 24th of September (Poland, Białystok). The meeting was focused on exchange of information between polish stakeholders about options and problems in terms of peatland restoration in polish part of Nemunas catchment.

    The kick off meeting of DESIRE project took place on 20-21 of March 2019, in Greifswald, Germany. The meeting was attended by the project leader, project partners, PA Nutri coordinator and scientists. DESIRE leaders presented premises of the project and discussed individual tasks and stages of project work. Participants of the meeting also had the opportunity to get to know the results of the latest research in the use of wetlands as buffer zones.

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Ongoing Flagships

Better efficiency for industrial sewage treatment (BEST)

Development of sustainable wetland management by restoration and biomass utilisation of peatlands in the Neman river catchment to improve water quality of the Baltic Sea (

Enhancing water resources management in four river basins oriented on Baltic protection (BigRivers4Baltic)

Ongoing platforms

Sustainable manure and nutrient management for reduction of nutrient loss in the Baltic Sea region (SuMaNu)

Platform on Integrated Water Cooperation (BSR Water)

Completed Flagships

Phasing Out of the Use of Phosphates in Detergents, finalized in 2011.
EN and RU)

Putting Best Agricultural Practices into Work
(Baltic Deal), 2010-2013.

Assessment of Regional Nutrient Pollution Load and
Identification of Priority Projects to Reduce Nutrient Inputs from Belarus to the Baltic Sea, Nov 2012-Dec 2013.

Project on Reduction of the Eutrophication of the Baltic Sea Today
(PRESTO), Jun 2011-Mar 2014.

Nutrient offsetting for the Baltic Sea (

Initiating full scale mussel farming in the Baltic Sea (
Baltic Blue Growth)

Interactive water management (

Consumer guide for sustainably produced meat (


With the support of

Nutrient inputs

Networks: The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

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