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

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Seed Money: First Call for Applications opened on 21.09.2016

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Thursday, 6th October 2016 @ 2:30pm

  • Interreg Baltic Sea Region Seed Money - support for the preparation of projects in line with the Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region - is now open for applications.

    2016.10.28 - Interested applicants are welcome to submit their applications to PA Nutri by 28.10.2016.
    2016.12., 2nd week - pre-selection by PA Nutri
    2017.12.15 - deadline for submitting an application to Interreg Baltic Sea Region (for pre-selected applications only)

    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.

    To learn more about the procedure please visit: here

2016.09.30.The meeting of Interreg South Baltic Programme Polish consulation group

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Monday, 3rd October 2016 @ 2:22pm

  • The meeting of Interreg South Baltic Programme Polish consulation group took place in Warsaw on 30.09.2016. PAC Nutri PL draws attention to the fact that among very few projects considered in current call in priority 2.2. (Increased use of green technologies in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area) there are no projects on nutrient reduction. In light of Polish priorities regarding marine water protection this situation is not beneficial.

2016.09.21. Workshop on identifying needs for Policy Area Coordintors and Horizontal Action Coordinators for more efficient implementation of the EUSBSR

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Monday, 3rd October 2016 @ 2:21pm

  • The joint meeting aimed to discuss Policy Area Coordinators’ (PACs) and Horizontal Action Coordinators’ (HACs) needs assessment in view of the current call for application for targeted support to the benefit of PACs and HACs. The joint meeting also addressed current issues such as the role of PACs and HACs during the Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR in Stockholm 8-9 November and diverging procedures for flagship nomination by PACs and HACs. The joint afternoon meeting followed separate PAC/HAC and NC meetings concluded in the morning.

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Ongoing Flagships

Baltic Blue Growth (BBG)

2. Better Efficiency for Sewage Treatment (BEST)

3. Baltic Rural Wastewater (BaRuWa)

Sustainable Communal Wastewater Management 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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