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.


NutriTrade - Nutrient offsetting for the Baltic Sea

The project develops new innovative policy instruments promoting cost-effective, cross-border, cross-sector nutrient reduction measures in the Baltic Sea basin. The project will pilot a platform for nutrient trading, nutrient offsets and joint implementation of nutrient reduction targets in the Baltic Sea area.

In the pilot scheme, several proven nutrient abatement measures will be implemented, resulting in phosphorus load reductions of up to 50 t/a. At the same time, the project will develop 1) credible nutrient offset verification mechanisms, and 2) assessment mechanisms to find and support innovative but proven and verifiable nutrient reduction methods which have not yet become market-driven or integrated into governmental policies.

The lessons learned in the pilot scheme will be used for analysing nutrient trading as a water policy instrument on a national level, and also for the analysis of a Baltic Sea wide inter-governmental nutrient trading. Based on these, NutriTrade will produce policy recommendations for the Baltic Sea Region.

Lead: John Nurminen Foundation (FI)
Project period: 

Materials: NutriTrade overview, Pilot Gypsum, Pilot Fish, Nutribute

Policy Briefs: 1. Gypsum Amendment and Large Scale Use, 2. Gypsum Amendment and Policy, 3. Nutrient Offsets

The project has launched an online platform, Nutribute, where people and organisations can campaign and raise funds for projects to benefit the Baltic Sea and where Baltic Sea stakeholders can donate money to support those projects

Baltic Blue Growth - Initiating full scale mussel farming in the Baltic Sea

Initiation of full-scale mussel farming in the Baltic Sea will set up a successful mussel-farming value chain. The aim is to develop an integrated territorial approach to industrial-scale production of blue mussels and establish commercially viable production of mussel-meal fodder. To achieve this, suitable farming techniques will be developed for the Baltic Sea region conditions and a mussel meal industry will be produced. All mentioned above will take place in close cooperation with policy makers on regional and national level and in line with current legislation; the aim is to produce supportive policy instruments. The project will also investigate the use of combined mari-cultural systems, where mussels may mitigate negative nutrient effects of fish farming. A system for allowing payment for the service "nutrient uptake" needs to be created, a task that the project will try to solve.

Lead: Region Östergötland (SE)
Project period: 2016-2018

Baltic Blue Growth leaflet and fact sheet.

IWAMA - Interactive water management

The project aims to improve resource efficiency in wastewater management in the Baltic Sea region by developing the capacity of wastewater treatment (WWT) operators and implementing pilot investments which will result in reduced nutrient inflows to the Baltic Sea. The actions will focus on three main areas in the municipal WWT sector where gaps have been recognized through work in previous EU funded projects PRESTO and PURE: capacity development (CD), sludge management (SM) and energy management (EM).

The innovative solutions and economic potential of municipal wastewater treatment sector are threatened by limited knowledge of existing options. While advanced technology solutions are continuously becoming available, their integration at waste water treatment plants are often challenging and inefficient. The project will increase capacity of WWT operators in choosing cost-effective technologies in nutrient removal, smart sludge and energy management and build structured models to support lifelong learning in WWT sector.

A Baltic Smart Water Hub is a multifunctional online portal aiming at connecting water experts in the region. The online-Hub provides most recent good practices, technical solutions and tools on a broad array of water management issues.

Lead: Union of the Baltic Cities, Sustainable Cities Commission c/o City of Turku (FI)
Project period: 2016-2019

CONSUME – Consumer guide for sustainably produced meat

The aim of the project is to develop meat guides further and launch them in newly targeted countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). The proposed project includes the development and inclusion of a criterion for eutrophication and best practice guide for more sustainable production methods. The aim is to reduce the footprint of meat consumption and production.

Lead: WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme (SE).

Germany, Sweden and Finland have released consumer meat guides.

Ongoing Flagships

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 (

Enhancing water resources management in four river basins oriented on Baltic protection (BigRivers4Baltic)

Ongoing platforms

Sustainable manure and nutrient management for reduction of nutrient loss in the Baltic Sea region (SuMaNu)

Platform on Integrated Water Cooperation (BSR Water)

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.

Nutrient offsetting for the Baltic Sea (

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

Interactive water management (

Consumer guide for sustainably produced meat (


With the support of

Nutrient inputs

Networks: The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

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