BEST - Better efficiency for industrial sewage treatment
Project BEST tackles both eutrophication and risks of hazardous substances to the Baltic Se through concrete demonstration and pilot investments, training and transferring best practices. The project aims at better control of industrial discharges by jointly developing sustainable cooperation and optimal treatment for industrial discharges with municipal authorities, water utilities and industrial companies.
Furthermore, the project promotes the exchange of good practices. The project stresses the importance of transnational cooperation and supports waste water treatment plants (WWTPs) in the Baltic Sea region to further improve their performance and reach the HELCOM standards in outgoing wastewaters. Pilot actions and investments will be applicable in all WWTPs to solve similar challenges focused in the project, thus benefitting the whole region.
Lead: City of Helsinki's Environment Services (FI) Project period: 2017-2020.
DESIRE - Development of Sustainable wetland management by restoration and biomass utilisation of peatlands in the Neman river catchment to imporve water quality of the Baltic Sea
The objective of the project is to increase efficiency of peatlands management in the Neman catchment to reduce nutrient release to the Baltic Sea. The project aims to formulate peatland chapters in river basin management plans, provide guidelines for paludiculture for nutrient reduction, implement pilot sites, form a transnational platform for knowledge exchange and harmonise policies and coordinate joint implementation of sustainable river basin management.
Lead: Greifswald University (DE)
BigRivers4Baltic - Enhancing water resources management in four river basins oriented on Baltic protection
The objective of the project is to enable a harmonised approach to nutrient loads assessment and reduction by Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Russia and Germany through four biggest rivers flowing to the Baltic Sea. The project aims to support water management boards with calibrated models for simulating nutrient transport within river catchments and by building and analysing various scenarios related to agricultural, environmental and social policy decisions, which are likely to be implemented in participating countries, in terms of their influence on the future nutrient loads to the Baltic Sea. The project would build a harmonised decision support tool for water managers based on SWAT-model, prepare a set of regional trajectories of decreasing the load to the southern Baltic and designate the most sensitive areas in terms of their relevance to the overall nutrient load from each catchment.
Lead: Warsaw University of Technology (PL)
SuMaNu - Sustainable manure and nutrient management for reduction of nutrient loss in the Baltic Sea region
Sustainable manure and nutrient management Project Platform. Its aim is to gather, analyse and synthesize the best practices and recommendations on sustainable nutrient management from the four participating projects: Manure Standards (MS), Baltic Slurry Acidification (BSA), GreenAgri (GA) and PROMISE (PR). Also the results of previous manure-related projects will be used.
HELCOM contributes to SuMaNu work package 3 "Policy recommendations for sustainable nutrient management and recycling". The outcomes of the work package will support the elaboration of the Baltic Sea Regional Nutrient Recycling Strategy by 2020 and the update of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan beyond 2021.
SuMaNu is co-financed by Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme under the specific objective Clear Waters.
Duration: 1st of October 2018 – 31st of March 2021.
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 (DESIRE) Enhancing water resources management in four river basins oriented on Baltic protection (BigRivers4Baltic)