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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.

    More

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

Third country participation in current EU projects or EUSBSR Flagships

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Monday, 13th June 2016 @ 12:47pm

  • Swedish Institute is proud to offer you the opportunity to apply for project funding for the inclusion of actors from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia or Ukraine in a current EU project or in a flagship process/project under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

    Third Country Participation in the Baltic Sea region funding (TCPBSR) aims to promote economically, environmentally and socially sustainable growth in the Baltic Sea Region and its vicinity and thereby contribute to greater integration. SI accepts applications and takes decisions on an ongoing basis throughout the application period. The application deadline is 30 September 2016. A Swedish organisation must be the lead applicant to TCPBSR, and the partnership must comprise Sweden and at least one of the eligible countries mentioned above. ________________________________________

    Project period and project funding The project may last for no longer than two years and funds are available totalling SEK 350,000 (for one year) or SEK 700,000 (for two years). More information is available at https://eng.si.se/areas-of-operation/cooperation-in-the-baltic-sea-region/baltic-sea-region-third-country-funding/

    Contact Swedish Institute Camilla Wristel, camilla.wristel(a)si.se 

    Slottsbacken 10 Box 7434 SE-103 91 Stockholm SWEDEN www.si.se

Stories that inspire from Interreg Baltic Sea Region

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Wednesday, 1st June 2016 @ 11:59am

  • ‘INTERREG changes the Baltic Sea Region. Stories that inspire’ conference in the framework of the Polish Council of the Baltic Sea States presidency was held at European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk, Poland, 23-24 May 2016. It was organised by the Ministry of Economic Development of Poland, in cooperation with the INTERREG programmes: South Baltic, Baltic Sea Region and Central Baltic as well as with the INTERACT.

    The focus of the conference was to present the role of the INTERREG programmes in the development of the Baltic Sea area to demonstrate how international cooperation can help the people of the region to jointly take on new challenges and solve problems.

    Agenda

    Inspiring Stories (Environment)

    https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/solidarity-telling-an-inspiring-story-of-interreg-baltic-sea.html

    Presentations

9th Meeting of the Steering Committee of Policy Area Nutri, 27 April 2016, Warsaw

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Tuesday, 19th April 2016 @ 12:47pm

  • 9th Meeting of the Steering Committee of EUSBSR Policy Area Nutri

    was held on 27 April 2016, 9.30–16.30, at the premises of the National Water Management Authority, Warsaw, Poland

    Outcome

Stakeholder seminar ‘Reducing nutrient inputs to the Baltic Sea – how to strengthen project partnerships in the region’, 14 April 2016, the Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship in Gdansk, Poland

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Tuesday, 19th April 2016 @ 9:41am

  • The seminar was organised by The Policy Area ‘Nutri’ in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in the partnership with the Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship. It looked for concrete opportunities in the Baltic Sea region to save the Baltic Sea by reducing nutrient loading from diffuse and point sources in rural areas and waste water treatment sludge management. It brought together over 60 participants, including implementers, policy makers and representatives of funding instruments interested in project development and possibilities for regional cooperation. The first part of the seminar offered a comprehensive overview to cooperation possibilities, policy priorities and funding opportunities. The following two panel sessions focused on challenges, best practices and the EUSBSR policy area Nutri activities in the areas of sludge management and wetlands. In conclusion, the participants agreed that international and cross-sectorial cooperation in the region is needed as it brings added value when aiming to save the Sea. However, there is a need to create tailored solutions to meet the local conditions.

    Presentations are available here: http://groupspaces.com/eusbsr-nutrient-inputs/pages/seminar2016

PA Nutri stakeholder seminar in Gdansk 14 April 2016

Posted by Sanni Turunen, Tuesday, 15th March 2016 @ 1:23pm

  • The Policy Area Nutri in partnership with the Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship have the pleasure to cordially invite you to:

    'Reducing nutrient inputs to the Baltic Sea - how to strengthen project partnership in the region' - a EUSBSR Policy Area Nutri Stakeholder Seminar

    Date: 14 April 2016 Venue: Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship, Gdansk, Poland Registration deadline: 31 March 2016

    The seminar is looking for concrete opportunities to save the Baltic Sea by reducing nutrient loading from scattered settlements and waste water treatment sludge management. It brings together implementers with policy makers and representatives of funding instruments around the Baltic Sea region. The seminar is free of charge and meant for anyone interested in project development and possibilities for regional cooperation.

    Registration and more information at: http://groupspaces.com/eusbsr-nutrient-inputs/pages/seminar2016

Recycle Nutrients for Clear Waters

Posted by Sanni Turunen, Tuesday, 15th March 2016 @ 1:11pm

  • Forum for Action
    Helsinki, Finland 20 April 2016

    Finland is firmly committed to making progress as a model country in nutrient recycling. The Finnish Government is launching a three-year experimental and piloting programme for nutrient recycling that begins with an international seminar the 20th of April in Helsinki.

    The objective of the seminar is to introduce initiatives that enhance the recycling of nutrients contained in manure and wastewater sludge. The seminar gives an overview of political and administrative measures, as well as presents success stories in nutrient recycling from various parts of Europe. It brings together businesses, research, administration and NGOs to finding new solutions to nutrient recycling.

    The forum will be arranged in cooperation with several actors that work with nutrient recycling from agriculture and wastewater, including the EUSBSR PA Nutri and PA Bioeconomy. More information and registration to the seminar in here.

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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