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.
The seminar was organised by The Policy Area ‘Nutri’ in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in the partnership with the Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship. It looked for concrete opportunities in the Baltic Sea region to save the Baltic Sea by reducing nutrient loading from diffuse and point sources in rural areas and waste water treatment sludge management. It brought together over 60 participants, including implementers, policy makers and representatives of funding instruments interested in project development and possibilities for regional cooperation. The first part of the seminar offered a comprehensive overview to cooperation possibilities, policy priorities and funding opportunities. The following two panel sessions focused on challenges, best practices and the EUSBSR policy area Nutri activities in the areas of sludge management and wetlands. In conclusion, the participants agreed that international and cross-sectorial cooperation in the region is needed as it brings added value when aiming to save the Sea. However, there is a need to create tailored solutions to meet the local conditions.
The Policy Area Nutri in partnership with the Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship have the pleasure to cordially invite you to:
'Reducing nutrient inputs to the Baltic Sea - how to strengthen project partnership in the region' - a EUSBSR Policy Area Nutri Stakeholder Seminar
Date: 14 April 2016 Venue: Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship, Gdansk, Poland Registration deadline: 31 March 2016
The seminar is looking for concrete opportunities to save the Baltic Sea by reducing nutrient loading from scattered settlements and waste water treatment sludge management. It brings together implementers with policy makers and representatives of funding instruments around the Baltic Sea region. The seminar is free of charge and meant for anyone interested in project development and possibilities for regional cooperation.