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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: http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/8th-annual-forum/registration-and-practical-information. It will be open until 26 May.

    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.

    We PACs would like to welcome you in Berlin!

2017-04-06. EUSBSR coordination - spring meeting 2017

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Tuesday, 11th April 2017 @ 5:23pm

  • HA Capacity welcomed PACs Nutri together with other PACs and HACs to a two days meeting in Stockholm on 05 and 06.04.2017. On the first day there was a meeting just for PACs/HACs and the following day a joint meeting with NCs/PACs/HACs. The programme was based on the thematic proposals gathered at the PAC/HAC-meeting in Stockholm on 23.11.2016. Four main topics have been discussed: flagship processes, communication, roles and responsibilities as PAC/HAC and alignment of funding.

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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.

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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).

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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.

Seed Money - Workshop for Lead Applicants, Riga, 18.01.2017

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Thursday, 22nd December 2016 @ 2:10pm

  • 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.

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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.

    Timetable:
    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

2016.09.30.The meeting of Interreg South Baltic Programme Polish consulation group

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Monday, 3rd October 2016 @ 2:22pm

  • 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.

2016.09.21. Workshop on identifying needs for Policy Area Coordintors and Horizontal Action Coordinators for more efficient implementation of the EUSBSR

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Monday, 3rd October 2016 @ 2:21pm

  • 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.

2016.09.14.The outcome of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme, 2nd call, step 1.

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Monday, 3rd October 2016 @ 2:12pm

  • 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.

    More: here.

2016.06.27 (2016.09.08.09) The workshop on Monitoring of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Monday, 3rd October 2016 @ 2:08pm

  • The workshop on Monitoring of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region took place in Warsaw on 27.06.2016 with the aim of discussing a need to establish a system to monitor and report on the progress of macro-regional strategies including the EUSBSR. The final report on monitoring indicators and targets in the EUSBSR (09.09.2016) is available here.
    The report takes stock of the situation as regards the monitoring of the objectives and sub-objectives of the EUSBSR by making use of relevant indicators and identifying monitoring needs of key stakeholders. It provides inputs to the establishment of a macro-regional monitoring system. The workshop and the report represent first important steps in this regard.

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Seed Money: First Call for Applications opened on 21.09.2016

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Thursday, 29th September 2016 @ 5:13pm

  • 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.

    Timetable:
    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)

    To learn more about the procedure please visit: here

One Region, One Future - Vision 2030 for the Baltic Sea Region

Posted by Sanni Turunen, Wednesday, 14th September 2016 @ 3:52pm

  • Registration to the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR is open until 30 September 2016. The theme of the forum is 'One Region, One Future - Vision 2030 for the Baltic Sea Region'. It will be held on 8-9 November 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.

    As part of the forum programme, PA Nutri organises a political seminar 'Closed loops for clear waters: Innovative sludge management solutions for a toxin free environment' together with PA Hazards and HELCOM. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 9 November 2016 at 15:00-15:50.

    Policy area coordinators will be also available at the Creative Lounge. We hope to see you all in November!

PA Nutri flagships in the second Interreg call for the BSR Program- Step 1

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Thursday, 7th July 2016 @ 4:47pm

  • The first step of the second Interreg call for the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014 -2020 (1 March – 1 June 2016), in which lead applicants were asked to submit a concept notes, is now closed.

    In the process, PA Nutri gave the letters of commitments to the following projects:

    1. Better Efficiency for Sewage Treatment (BEST)

    2. Baltic Rural Wastewater (BaRuWa)

    3. Sustainable Communal Wastewater Management in the Baltic Sea Region (SUWMAB)

    4. Enhancing Efficiency of Small Wastewater Treatment Plants (SmallWWTPs)

    5. Increasing Significance of Midfield Wetlands to Combat Baltic Sea Eutrophication (SIGWET)

    6. Sufficient and Reliable Nutrient Loading Data – The River Daugava Catchment Area (RelNutData)

    All the concept notes received are now being thoroughly assessed. Applicants whose concept notes are selected by the Monitoring Committee on 13-14 September 2016 need to prepare complete project applications by January 2017 (Step 2).

PA Nutri flagship status has been granted to 3 projects

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Thursday, 7th July 2016 @ 3:54pm

  • The flagship status has been granted to 3 newly proposed projects:

    1. Increasing Significance of Midfield Wetlands to Combat Baltic Sea Eutrophication (SIGWET)

    2. Sufficient and Reliable Nutrient Loading Data – The River Daugava Catchment Area (RelNutData)

    3. Consumer Guide for Sustainably Produced Meat (CONSUME)

    The list of EUSBSR flagships was updated following the approval of 20 new flagships at the last meeting of National Coordinators on 28th June 2016

    http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/action-plan

EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021: Working together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Wednesday, 15th June 2016 @ 10:12am

  • Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and the EU today signed the agreements on the European Economic Area (EEA) and Norway Grants for the period 2014-2021.

    The priorities for the 2014-2021 funding period reflect the major challenges facing Europe and align with EU priorities: •Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness •Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction •Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy •Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights •Justice and Home Affairs

    The support is divided into two schemes: one funded jointly by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (EEA Grants) and one funded by Norway alone (Norway Grants).

    The funding will be made available to 15 beneficiary states in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics.

    http://eeagrants.org/News/2016/EEA-and-Norway-Grants-2014-2021-Working-together-for-a-green-competitive-and-inclusive-Europe

    http://eeagrants.org/

    EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021

Ongoing Flagships

1.
Initiating full scale mussel farming in the Baltic Sea (Baltic Blue Growth)

2. Better Efficiency for Sewage Treatment (BEST)

3. Baltic Rural Wastewater (BaRuWa)

4.
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)

9.
Sufficient and Reliable Nutrient Loading Data – The River Daugava Catchment Area (RelNutData)

10.
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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