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

HELCOM-EUSBSR Workshop on internal nutrient reserves

Posted by Sanni Turunen, Tuesday, 12th December 2017 @ 5:38pm

  • HELCOM and EUSBSR PA Nutri organised a joint workshop on internal nutrient reserves of the Baltic Sea in Gothenburg, Sweden on 28.-29.11.2017. The workshop gathered over 50 participants around the region to discuss the knowledge base on fluxes and dynamics of phosphorus in the Baltic Sea, potential measures to manage phosphorus at the Sea and political, leagal and socio-economic aspects as well as potential risks associated with such measures.

    The memo and presentations of the Workshop are now available in the HELCOM Meeting Portal on the Workshop Meeting Site.

In search of effectiveness - Boosting projects reducing eutrophication & mobilising citizens to protect the sea

Posted by Sanni Turunen, Thursday, 16th November 2017 @ 12:07pm

  • EUSBSR Flaghip project NutriTrade mixes activities to implement practical measures and to develop longer-term solutions to combat eutrophication. In particular, its digital crowdfunding platform Nutribute may prove to multiply the impact of the flagship over the time. Nutribute facilitates encountering of Baltic Sea savers and can be used as a fundraising tool for concrete measures to reduce eutrophication. In other words, Nutribute harnesses digital technology to contribute towards cleaning the Baltic Sea and thus contributes to the EUSBSR ‘Save the Sea’ objective.

    Find the whole post at the EUSBSR Highlights blog.

Getting connected in the 8th EUSBSR Annual Forum 13-14.6.2017

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Thursday, 29th June 2017 @ 12:51pm

  • The 8th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region took place in Berlin, Germany on 13–14 June 2017. The major theme of the event was “Connectivity” highlighting the development of cooperation and the necessity to intensify contacts in the region. The Annual Forum brought together participants from governments, international organisations, universities and businesses, and the event offers a wide networking occasion for the regional actors to share results and experience, look for solutions of local challenges. It was attended by over 800 participants with altogether 26 nationalities.

    Several seminars and back-to-back meetings were organised during the Annual Forum. Below are some highlights of PA Nutri activities.

    The Baltic Sea needs smart water sector

    Flagship project IWAMA held a Smart Water sector –seminar focusing on capacity building and cross-border cooperation for successful technology transfer within water sector. The seminar consisted of expert presentations and a discussion round among the panellists. Presentations reflected the importance of capacity development from various perspectives: those of funders and investors, researches and practitioners in the field, as well as institutions offering continuous education possibilities. The panel discussion stressed the importance of tackling bottlenecks in lifelong learning practices both on national and international levels.

    Cooperating with North-West Russian Regions

    Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme hosted a workshop showcasing ongoing regional cooperation with Russian partners. Flagship project IWAMA took part of the seminar presenting highlighting the importance of cooperation to reach the regional goals. Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme intends to pave the way for cooperation in transnational projects with Russia.

    Harnessing the digital revolution for the protection of the Baltic Sea

    Flagship project NutriTrade organised a session in the Connectivity Lounge to present the project activities and especially the Nutribute platform. The session presented three case studies where new digital technologies contribute towards a clean Baltic Sea:

    ·         Nutrient footprint calculator showing how consumption contributes to nutrient pollution in the Baltic Sea

    ·         Splash – Baltic Sea Eutrophication Game

    ·         Nutribute platform to boost cooperation to save the Baltic Sea

    How literate are we in the Baltic Sea Region on a well-known issue such as eutrophication?

    A creative workshop on Ocean Literacy in the frame of the H2020 project ResponSEAble took place in German Federal Ministry of the Environment  14 and 15 June 2017. The workshop discussed the scientific knowledge and awareness of policy makers on eutrophication and agriculture, how to communicate the right messages to right stakeholders and how to make an impact in the producer consumer value chain. The aim of the project is to find whom do we need to talk to with which message to increase literacy and change behaviour to lead to a reduction of eutrophication in the Baltic Sea especially in regards of agriculture.

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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.


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Nutrient inputs

Networks: The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

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