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