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 lead applicant workshop will take place in Riga on 18 January 2017. This workshop is restricted to and addresses lead applicants who have passed the first out of two steps in the first call for seed money projects by Interreg Baltic Sea Region. During the workshop, the participants receive important information regarding the application process and the online application system BAMOS. Next to this technical information they are informed about how to elaborate a full seed money application. In the second part of the event, the lead applicants have the opportunity to ask specific questions regarding their projects and the development of their project applications.
The Swedish Institute (SI) seed funding is intended to be used to start new collaborations or expand existing ones. The partnership must include at least three countries and the main applicant being from Sweden. The project activities should contribute to economically, environmentally and socially sustainable growth and development in the Baltic Sea Region.
It is important that the project address a challenge in one of the following documents - the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, the EU's Eastern Partnership or the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan - or be in line with ambitions for a closer partnership with other countries in the Baltic Sea region, including Russia.
As part of the Forum policy areas Hazards and Nutri organises a seminar 'Closed loops for clear waters: Innovative sludge management solutions for a toxin free environment' at 15:00-15:50 Wednesday 9 November in Lindgrenrummet.
The seminar discusses how the circular economy approach supports the work to reduce the impacts of hazardous substances in our societies. It will present a number of smart innovative solutions helping to reduce spreading of hazardous substances to the environment.
Moderator: Dmitry Frank-Kamenetsky, Professional Secretary, Helcom Secretariat
Presentations and panelists:
Sludge management solutions in the Baltic States.
Mr Taavo Tenno, University of Tartu
Sludge Management in Finland – aims and new initiatives
Mr Ari Kangas, Ministerial adviser, wastewater & sewage sludge expert, Finnish Ministry for the Environment
Amendment of the German sludge management act
Dr. Claus-Gerhard Bergs, Head of Division Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany
From prototype to reality – how to up-scale innovation in sludge handling
Anders Kihl, Head of research, Ragn-Sells, Sweden
Policy area coordinators kindly wellcome you to take part of the seminar. See you in Stockholm!