Completed Flagships

Phasing out of the use of phosphates in detergents

The first project included to the EUSBSR Action Plan within PA Nutri as a Fast Track - kick-off initiative. The aim of the project was to give support to 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

Baltic Deal gathers farmers and farmers’ advisory organizations around the Baltic Sea in a unique effort to raise the competence concerning agri-environmental practices and measures. Project was based on promoting best agri-environmental practices to reduce nutrient losses from agriculture, with maintained production and competiveness. The project web site was created with the aim of being a tool box for advisors and farmers and a source for knowledge. A network of 118 demonstration farms was created and more than 90 study tours and workshops have been performed on the demonstration farms, with over 2000 participants. The project has organized conferences and participated actively in different forums around the Baltic Sea and Brussels. (Actions: Managing nutrients more efficiently & Facilitate cross-sectoral policy-oriented dialogue)

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 aim of the project was to identify priority investments and build local capacity in the reduction of nutrient inputs to the Baltic Sea in the context of the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership, with particular focus on municipal waste-water, industry and agriculture. The project has identified cost efficient ways to reduce Belarusian discharges of nutrients to the Baltic Sea. (Actions: Cooperate with non-EU Member States & Improve nutrient load data)

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. (Actions: Improving waste water treatment & Cooperate with non-EU Member States)

Lead: Union of the Baltic Cities, Commission on Environment (pan-Baltic organisation)
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 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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