Interreg Baltic Sea Region Seed Money supports the preparation of projects in line with the Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Seed money funding should be used to plan the main project activities, partnership and budget as well as to investigate the current situation of the thematic field and potential funding sources for the main project.
Call open: 5 November 2019
The seed money application procedure consists of two steps.
Step 1: Pre-selection by PA Nutri
5 November 2019 – 9 December 2019 - Interested applicants are welcome to submit their applications to PA Nutri
by 20 January 2020 – preselection by PA Nutri
Step 2: Submission of seed money applications to Interreg Baltic Sea Region (only applications pre-selected by PACs/HACs)
by 23 March 2020 - Submission of applications to the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat via online system
June 2020 - Selection of seed money projects by the Monitoring Committee
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.
Detailed information regarding the timetable and the links to the call procedure are here.
DESIRE project organised the second meeting on 24th of September (Poland, Białystok). The meeting was focused on exchange of information between polish stakeholders about options and problems in terms of peatland restoration in polish part of Nemunas catchment.
The kick off meeting of DESIRE project took place on 20-21 of March 2019, in Greifswald, Germany. The meeting was attended by the project leader, project partners, PA Nutri coordinator and scientists. DESIRE leaders presented premises of the project and discussed individual tasks and stages of project work. Participants of the meeting also had the opportunity to get to know the results of the latest research in the use of wetlands as buffer zones.
The 10th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region (12-13 June 2019, Gdańsk, Poland) was devoted to circular economy in environmental, business and demographic context. The keynote of plenary sessions and 18 thematic seminars was “reuse, reduce and rethink”. Forum was visited by more than 700 attendees from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and businesses. For more information lookhere.
The seminar “Safe nutrient recycling for cleaner Baltic Sea” was jointly organised by policy areas Nutri and Hazards in cooperation with HELCOM and two project platforms BSR WATER and SuMaNu. The aim of the seminar was to introduce the current state of the draft of Baltic Sea Regional Nutrient Recycling Strategy and to discuss further steps:
engaging economic instruments, establishing even stronger cooperation between science and business, updating policy and legislative framework to support innovations and facilitate realization of solutions to recycle nutrients.
The seminar was visited by more than 40 participants representing businesses, academia, international organisations, NGOs and governmental, regional and local authorities in the Baltic Sea region.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 gohere, registration form: Register for the event.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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.
North-West Russian Regions
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
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:
Nutribute platform to boost cooperation to save the
How literate are we in the
Baltic Sea Region on a well-known issue such as eutrophication?
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
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 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.
You will find an up-to date programme on the Forum’s website: http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/8th-annual-forum/programme. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Better efficiency for industrial sewage treatment (BEST) 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)