News and Announcements

Welcome to 10th EUSBSR Annual Forum

Posted by Sanni Turunen, Thursday, 28th March 2019 @ 3:27pm

  • The 10th EUSBSR Annual Forum will be held on June 12-13 2019 in Gdansk, Poland. The theme of the jubilee Forum is "Circular and sharing economy as an answer to demographic changes and environmental challenges in the Baltic Sea Region".

    Policy areas Nutri and Hazards together with HELCOM secretariat organize a seminar "Safe nutrient recycling for cleaner Baltic Sea" as part of the Forum. In the seminar we present the status of the HELCOM regional nutrient recycling strategy, highlight nutrient management examples and discuss various aspects related to closing nutrient loops in food production. We want to show you that sustainable nutrient recycling can protect waters and soils, save raw materials and create business possibilities.

    You can find the programme and information of the Forum in here.

    The registration is open until 15 May 2019. Please use this link:

    See you in Gdansk!

Exchange days for Agri-Environmental knowledge

Posted by Sanni Turunen, Tuesday, 12th February 2019 @ 8:35pm

Exchange days for Agri-Environmental Knowledge

Posted by Sanni Turunen, Wednesday, 16th January 2019 @ 10:18am

  • The policy areas Nutri and Bioeconomy welcome you to learn, share and exchange ideas about nutrient recycling in agriculture and state of the Baltic Sea in Jyväskylä, Finland 12-13 February 2019. It is possible to present project results at the Project Fair during the first evening.

    You can download the draft programme and information about registration, accommodation and other practicalities in here. We expect to have participants from administration, advisory services, projects, research and other stakeholders that work with issues related to agri-environmental measures.

    Register here. The registration closes at 28.1.2019.

The Monitoring Committee of Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme decided to finance 31 projects from the third call

Posted by Magdalena Dawidowicz, Friday, 21st September 2018 @ 5:03pm

  • In the third call for proposals the Monitoring Committee selected 31 projects out of 114 submitted project applications in the thematic areas of innovation, natural resources and transport. The Committee allocated EUR 56 million of the European Regional Developing Fund (ERDF), EUR 1.9 million of the Norwegian National Fund and EUR 1.4 million of ENI/Russian National Fund to the selected projects.

    Among the appreciated projects is DESIRE, a PA Nutri flagship. The project aim is to decrease the amount of nutrients leaking to the rivers by e.g. reactivation of already drained wetlands. DESIRE focuses on the numerous disturbed peatlands in the Neman river catchment and ways to restore some of them to act as wetland buffer zones.

The 9th EUSBSR Annual Forum concerned about the future

Posted by Magdalena Dawidowicz, Monday, 18th June 2018 @ 10:33am

  • The 9th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region took place in Tallin, Estonia, on 4-5 June 2018. The meeting focused on Cohesion Policy after 2020 including INTERREG funding which has close link to EU macro-regional strategies.

    Debates about the future in the BSR brought together over 750 participants from  governments, international organisations, universities and businesses, and the event offered a wide networking occasion for the regional actors to share ideas and experience.

    For details look here.

    Dragons’ den - Four innovators meeting with four dragons

    The seminar “Welcome to Dragons’ Den! Pitching ideas for a Clean Baltic Sea” organised by PA Nutri and NutriTrade flagship on 5 June 2018 addressed eutrophication from three different angles:

    What is the current state of Baltic Sea ecosystems?

    What kind of progress and innovations have been made in the current programme period?

    Can these innovations be widely applied, and what difference would they make?

    The pitchers defended their innovations on advanced waste water treatment, creating consumer guides, developing manure standards and applying gypsum at fields and took note of the sharp but constructive observations of the dragons.

    Read the full report of the seminar here.

New PA Nutri flagship projects

Posted by Magdalena Dawidowicz, Wednesday, 30th May 2018 @ 10:59am

  • The 12th PA Nutri Steering Committee meeting granted the flagship status to 2 new projects:

    1. River basin management in Oder, Vistula, Nemunas and Daugava oriented on decrease of N and P inflow to Baltic (BigRivers4Baltic),

    2. Development of Sustainable peatland management by Restoration and paludiculture for nutrient retention in the Neman river catchment (DESIRE).

Visit us on the 9th EUSBSR Annual Forum in Tallin

Posted by Magdalena Dawidowicz, Wednesday, 30th May 2018 @ 10:42am

  • The main theme of the 9th Annual Forum taking place on 4-5 June 2018 will be the Baltic Sea Region After 2020. The Forum will focus on how to improve the implementation of the EUSBSR in the framework of the future EU Cohesion Policy. It will also discuss the current state of the ecosystem in the Baltic Sea as well as how to advance the Region as a global digital hub.

    The importance of the meeting can be proved by the fact that will be visited by about 700 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and businesses to discuss developments and challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.

    The latest up to date programme and  not-to-miss activities are here

    We invite you wormly to visit the Nutri events:

    ·  The Seminar Welcome to Dragons’ Den! Pitching ideas for a Clean Baltic Sea as a paralel seminar on Tuesday, on 5 June 2018, at 13.30-15.00. The brainstorming will be about the current state of Baltic Sea ecosystems, discussion about what progress and innovations have been made in the current programme period and if these innovations could be widely applied, and what difference would they make?
    For detailes click the seminar icon on the programme.

    ·      Also meet PA Nutri coordinators and Flagship project IWAMA is on Tuesday, on 5 June, at 11:30-12:00 in Networking Village.

    PA Nutri Steering Committee will take place back-to-back Annual Forum, on 6 June 2018.

    Do not miss the occassion to visit us in Tallin!

The Interreg South Baltic Programme invites to its 3rd Annual Event in Lithuania

Posted by Magdalena Dawidowicz, Wednesday, 25th April 2018 @ 3:17pm

  • The event “Unlocking the potential of blue and green regional development” takes place on 23rd and 24th of May, at the Culture factory, Bangų str. 5A, Klaipeda. 

    The meeting is addressed to wide range of stakeholders. The aim of the event is to exchange best practices, project outcomes, ideas for the future. For more detailed information  including programme and detailed description of the event  go here, registration form: Register for the event.

Project BEST kick off presentations

Posted by Sanni Turunen, Friday, 9th March 2018 @ 3:50pm

  • City of Helsinki Environment Services invited all project partners to the flagship project BEST kick of meeting to Helsinki, Finland on February 6-8, 2018. Presentations of the meeting are available at the Baltic Sea Challenge webpage.

    The project aims to improve the management of industrial wastewater in municipal treatment plants in five Baltic Sea countries.

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.

Funding news from Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme

Posted by Sanni Turunen, Friday, 26th May 2017 @ 3:45pm

  • The Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme Monitoring Committee selected 39  new projects for funding in the thematic fields of capacity for innovation, management of natural resources and sustainable transport, including PA Nutri flagship project BEST. The new projects will complement 35 projects from the first call and will contribute to a more innovative, better accessible and connected Baltic Sea region.

    BEST (Better efficiency for sewage treatment) aims at better control of industrial discharges by jointly developing sustainable cooperation and optimal treatment for industrial discharges with municipal authorities, water utilities and industrial companies and cut down the load of nutrients and hazardous substances to the Baltic Sea. The project is led by the City of Helsinki, Environment Centre, Finland

    Additionally, the Monitoring Committee selected 25 Seed Money projects, which will hopefully evolve into full scale transnational projects that will support the implementation of the EUSBSR. Project ideas DESIRE and QWATERA are under PA Nutri.

The 8th EUSBSR Annual Forum

Posted by Sanni Turunen, Monday, 24th April 2017 @ 11:10am

  • The 8th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR is shaping up with a theme of connectivity. The Forum will be held on 13-14 June 2017 in Berlin. It is expected to gather about 800 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and business around the Baltic Sea region.

    The registration is now open at the Annual Forum’s website: It will be open until 26 May.

    You will find an up-to date programme on the Forum’s website: As part of the programme PA Nutri organizes a Smart water sector -seminar together with UBC Sustainable Cities Commission on 13 June at 17-18:30. PA Nutri Steering Committee will also gather in the morning of 13 June.

    We PACs would like to welcome you in Berlin!

2017-03-28 The Interreg Baltic Sea Region workshop “Clear Waters – added value of cooperating in project platforms.

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Tuesday, 4th April 2017 @ 1:12pm

  • The Interreg Baltic Sea Region workshop “Clear Waters – added value of cooperating in project platforms.” was held back-to-back with the HELCOM workshop on nutrient recycling in Berlin on 27-28 March. The workshop brought in a lot of useful ideas and recommendations on how to shape project platforms. It highlighted that the platforms could fill in the existing gaps and connect project results stronger to policy developments.



2017-03-28 The HELCOM Workshop on nutrient recycling in the Baltic Sea countries, Berlin

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Tuesday, 4th April 2017 @ 12:00pm

  • The HELCOM Workshop on nutrient recycling in the Baltic Sea countries held on 27-28 March in Berlin, Germany, was organized by Julius Kühn-Institut and HELCOM in cooperation with the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Policy Areas Bioeconomy, Hazards and Nutri. The workshop gathered 40 participants representing Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Russia and Sweden as well as HELCOM Observers and invited guests from NGOs, companies and phosphorus initiatives. The aim was to find suggestions for HELCOM to promote nutrient recycling in the region while preventing the spreading of hazardous substances, and ensuring a good environmental status of the Baltic Sea.

    The Outcome of HELCOM Workshop on nutrient recycling in the Baltic Sea countries is now made available as well as the presentations shown in the workshop (the HELCOM Meeting Portal).


Workshop - Low-hanging fruits in eutrophication management of the Baltic Sea?

Posted by Sanni Turunen, Thursday, 26th January 2017 @ 4:08pm

  • Are there still unused cheap nutrient abatement opportunities? Can abatement costs be reduced and sea conditions be improved by changing the policy mix? This workshop welcomes practitioners from the public and private sector and scientists to discuss ways forward for Swedish eutrophication policy in an international context.

    Date: Thursday 16th February 2017

    Location: KSLA, Drottninggatan 95B, Stockholm

    More information and registration: Link to information and registration

    The workshop is organized within the framework of three EU-projects: NutriTrade, GO4BALTIC and BALTCOAST.

Call for poposals for SI seed funding open

Posted by Sanni Turunen, Wednesday, 7th December 2016 @ 11:23am

  • 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.

    The 2016/2017 call for applications is now open. This call closes 1 February 2017.

    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.

The 7th strategy forum of the EUSBSR

Posted by Sanni Turunen, Friday, 4th November 2016 @ 1:02pm

  • The 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR 'One Region, One Future - Vision 2030 for the Baltic Sea Region' will be held on 8-9 November 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. There will be two inspiring days about the development and cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region.

    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!

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

Ongoing Flagships

Nutrient offsetting for the Baltic Sea (NutriTrade)

Initiating full scale mussel farming in the Baltic Sea (Baltic Blue Growth)

Interactive water management (IWAMA)

Better efficiency for industrial sewage treatment (

Consumer guide for sustainably produced meat (CONSUME)

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)

Completed Flagships

Phasing Out of the Use of Phosphates in Detergents, finalized in 2011.
(EN and RU)

Putting Best Agricultural Practices into Work (Baltic Deal), 2010-2013.

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.

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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