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.
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!
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:
The meeting of Interreg South Baltic Programme Polish consulation group took place in Warsaw on 30.09.2016. PAC Nutri PL draws attention to the fact that among very few projects considered in current call in priority 2.2. (Increased use of green technologies in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area) there are no projects on nutrient reduction. In light of Polish priorities regarding marine water protection this situation is not beneficial.
The joint meeting aimed to discuss Policy Area Coordinators’ (PACs) and Horizontal Action Coordinators’ (HACs) needs assessment in view of the current call for application for targeted support to the benefit of PACs and HACs. The joint meeting also addressed current issues such as the role of PACs and HACs during the Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR in Stockholm 8-9 November and diverging procedures for flagship nomination by PACs and HACs. The joint afternoon meeting followed separate PAC/HAC and NC meetings concluded in the morning.
75 project concepts were selected by the representatives of ten countries around the Baltic Sea on 13-14.09.2016 during the fifth meeting of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Monitoring Committee. The Monitoring Committee reviewed 212 concept notes submitted by the project applicants in the first step.
The list of the selected concept notes includes (in Priority 2, Specific objective 2.1) the following PA Nutri flagships:
1. BEST - Better Efficiency for Sewage Treatment
2. SmallWWTPs - Enhancing efficiency of small wastewater treatment plants
3. SUWMAB - Sustainable communal waste-water management in the Baltic Sea Region
The selected concept notes will be developed into mature project applications by the lead applicants and their partners by January 2017. The final approval of project applications will take place at the next Monitoring Committee meeting in May 2017.
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 sewage treatment (BEST) 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)