1. 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.
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
3. 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) Lead: NEFCO Project period:Nov 2012-Dec 2013
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
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.