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 loading 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 18% and 23%, respectively, since the mid-1990s. However, to save the sea, further and continued action is needed.

News and Announcements

Workshop - Low-hanging fruits in eutrophication management of the Baltic Sea?

Posted by Sanni Turunen, Thursday, 26th January 2017 @ 4:08pm

  • Are there still unused cheap nutrient abatement opportunities? Can abatement costs be reduced and sea conditions be improved by changing the policy mix? This workshop welcomes practitioners from the public and private sector and scientists to discuss ways forward for Swedish eutrophication policy in an international context.

    Date: Thursday 16th February 2017

    Location: KSLA, Drottninggatan 95B, Stockholm

    More information and registration: Link to information and registration

    The workshop is organized within the framework of three EU-projects: NutriTrade, GO4BALTIC and BALTCOAST.

Seed Money - Workshop for Lead Applicants, Riga, 18.01.2017

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Thursday, 22nd December 2016 @ 2:10pm

  • The lead applicant workshop will take place in Riga on 18 January 2017. This workshop is restricted to and addresses lead applicants who have passed the first out of two steps in the first call for seed money projects by Interreg Baltic Sea Region. During the workshop, the participants receive important information regarding the application process and the online application system BAMOS. Next to this technical information they are informed about how to elaborate a full seed money application. In the second part of the event, the lead applicants have the opportunity to ask specific questions regarding their projects and the development of their project applications.


Call for poposals for SI seed funding open

Posted by Sanni Turunen, Wednesday, 7th December 2016 @ 11:23am

  • The Swedish Institute (SI) seed funding is intended to be used to start new collaborations or expand existing ones. The partnership must include at least three countries and the main applicant being from Sweden. The project activities should contribute to economically, environmentally and socially sustainable growth and development in the Baltic Sea Region.

    The 2016/2017 call for applications is now open. This call closes 1 February 2017.

    It is important that the project address a challenge in one of the following documents - the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, the EU's Eastern Partnership or the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan - or be in line with ambitions for a closer partnership with other countries in the Baltic Sea region, including Russia.

Previous items

Ongoing Flagships

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

2. Better Efficiency for Sewage Treatment (BEST)

3. Baltic Rural Wastewater (BaRuWa)

Sustainable Municipal Wastewater Management: knowledge–based application and promotion of treatment wetlands in the Baltic Sea Region (SUWMAB)

5. Nutrient Offsetting for the Baltic Sea (NutriTrade)

6. Enhancing Efficiency of Small Wastewater Treatment Plants (SmallWWTPs)

7. Interactive Water Management (IWAMA)

8. Increasing Significance of Midfield Wetlands to Combat Baltic Sea Eutrophication (SIGWET)

Sufficient and Reliable Nutrient Loading Data – The River Daugava Catchment Area (RelNutData)

Consumer Guide for Sustainably Produced Meat (CONSUME)

Completed Flagships

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

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

3. 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.

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


With the support of

Nutrient inputs

Networks: The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

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