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.
As part of the forum programme, PA Nutri organises a political seminar 'Closed loops for clear waters: Innovative sludge management solutions for a toxin free environment' together with PA Hazards and HELCOM. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 9 November 2016 at 15:00-15:50.
Policy area coordinators will be also available at the Creative Lounge. We hope to see you all in November!
The first step of the second Interreg call for the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014 -2020 (1 March – 1 June 2016), in which lead applicants were asked to submit a concept notes, is now closed.
In the process, PA Nutri gave the letters of commitments to the following projects:
1. Better Efficiency for Sewage Treatment (BEST)
2. Baltic Rural Wastewater (BaRuWa)
3. Sustainable Communal Wastewater Management in the Baltic Sea Region (SUWMAB)
4. Enhancing Efficiency of Small Wastewater Treatment Plants (SmallWWTPs)
5. Increasing Significance of Midfield Wetlands to Combat Baltic Sea Eutrophication (SIGWET)
6. Sufficient and Reliable Nutrient Loading Data – The River Daugava Catchment Area (RelNutData)
All the concept notes received are now being thoroughly assessed. Applicants whose concept notes are selected by the Monitoring Committee on 13-14 September 2016 need to prepare complete project applications by January 2017 (Step 2).