Completed Flagships

Phasing out of the use of phosphates in detergents

The project supported the Baltic Sea states to implement the HELCOM recommendation 28E/7, i.e. national legislative action to limit the use of phosphates in laundry detergents and automatic dishwater detergents. This was accomplished by producing information leaflets (in English and Russian) for decision makers.

Lead: Swedish Chemicals Agency (SE)
Finalized in 2011.

Putting best agricultural practices into work – the Baltic Deal

The project created co-operative platform between farmers' organisations and advisory organisations around the Baltic Sea to raise the competence concerning agri-environmental practices and measures to reduce nutrient inputs into the Baltic Sea. It developed a common strategy for the Baltic Sea region to strengthen the agricultural advisory services. A network of 117 demonstration farms was established and more than 90 study tours and workshops was performed on the demonstration farms, with over 5000 participants, 2500 of whom are farmers.

Lead: Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre and Federation of Swedish Farmers (LT and SE)
Project period:
Jun 2010-Sep 2013

Final report in English Swedish Polish Lithuanian Latvian Finnish Estonian Danish


Summary of the project in Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013


Assessment of regional nutrient pollution load and identification of priority projects to reduce nutrient inputs from Belarus to the Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea Action Plan Fund financed the project that has identified cost efficient ways to reduce Belarusian discharges of nutrients to the Baltic Sea. The main purpose of the project was to identify and prioritise investments for the upgrading of municipal infrastructures, especially wastewater treatment, as well as industrial and agro-forestry point sources that would reduce nutrient discharges into the Baltic Sea catchment area in Belarus.

Lead: The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation NEFCO
Project period:
Nov 2012-Dec 2013

Fact sheet of the finalized results.

Final Report and Action Plan.

PRESTO - Project on Reduction of the Eutrophication of the Baltic Sea Today

The aim of the project was to improve water quality along River Daugava and River Neman and the Baltic Sea by improving municipal wastewater treatment with technical studies and concrete investments as well as by increasing human competence. This was reached by implementing low-cost, high-impact pilot investments on nutrient removal in three municipal WWTPs in Belarus (Grodno, Molodezhno, Vitebsk) and by further developing the process in Latvian (Daugavpils) and Lithuanina (Kaunas) WWTPs. The project developed educational course and materials for three Belarusian technical universities and workshops for operative, administrative and educational experts on modern waste water treatment technologies. Also forums were organized aiming at exchange of information between the authorities, decision makers and other relevant actors about the tools and legislation needed to improve water quality in Baltic Sea Region and the project promoted good practices in nutrient removal and sustainable sludge handling.

Lead: Union of the Baltic Cities, Commission on Environment
Project period: Jun 2011-Mar 2014

Summary of the project in Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013.

  • Framework Paper for development of education on waste water treatment, introduces the differences and similarities of the Belarusian and German study programmes in the field of water management, 'blended' learning methods, possible development of research cooperation, students exchange, and lifelong learning between the two countries.
  • Eutrophication - Policy, Environment and Technology - booklet that comprises articles on policy framework, environmental effects of nutrient discharges and enhanced removal technologies.
  • Eutrophication brochure - explains importance of more efficient treatment of urban wastewaters that would improve the state of the watercourses.
  • Nutrient removal brochure - describes biological Nitrogen removal processes of nitrification/denitrification, and biological and chemical methods of Phosphorus removal.
  • Book "Good Practices in Sludge Management" in English (with an appendix) and Russian languages - an output of PURE project, presents technical solutions used in sludge handling and disposal processes, compares the results achievable by application of different techniques, explores relevant emerging technologies and legal limitations for the further sewage sludge use.

More materials.

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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