Practical actions for holistic drainage management for reduced nutrient inflow to Baltic Sea

P2 Sustainable use of common resources

2.4. Reduced nutrients, hazardous substances and toxins inflow into the Baltic Sea

Central Baltic

01.09.2015 - 28.02.2019

€1 763 962

€1 389 058

Project Summary:

ENDED. The project NUTRINFLOW aims at reducing nutrient losses from agriculture to the immediate watershed and into the Baltic Sea. The idea is to take practical actions for holistic drainage management for reduced nutrient inflow to the sea. This is done by implementing, demonstrating and increasing the recognition of innovative water management measures in agricultural areas.

The project activities focus on pilot areas in Finland, Latvia and Sweden under pressure by agricultural nutrient losses. The project implements targeted demonstration investments to the fields and to the drainage network in cooperation with municipalities and farmers as the main target groups. Through the investments, the project expects to reduce nutrient losses from agriculture in three priority regions.

As a result of the project, the nutrient inputs to the Baltic Sea is decreased whereas the attractiveness and feasibility of holistic water management approach for agricultural catchments across the Central Baltic Region is increased. All in all, the project connects local authorities and farmers in a unique way and demonstrates a cross-sector approach in sustainable agriculture and management of ecosystem resources. The project is the first full-scale project under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region flagship project “Flow Baltic” through which it will gain region-wide visibility.

Lead Partner

ProAgria Etelä-Suomi ry

Country: FI

Partner budget: 579.988 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 434.991 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Zemgales Plānošanas reģions

Country: LV

Partner budget: 247.391 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 210.282 EUR ERDF

Zemnieku Saeima

Country: LV

Partner budget: 171.626 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 145.882 EUR ERDF

Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitāte

Country: LV

Partner budget: 102.020 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 86.717 EUR ERDF

JTI – Institutet för jordbruks- och miljöteknik

Country: SE

Partner budget: 251.048 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 188.286 EUR ERDF

Länstyrelsen Östergötland

Country: SE

Partner budget: 190.803 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 143.102 EUR ERDF

Loviisan kaupunki

Country: FI

Partner budget: 56.588 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 42.441 EUR ERDF

Nylands Svenska Lantbrukssällskap

Country: FI

Partner budget: 24.666 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 18.500 EUR ERDF

Jelgavas novada pašvaldība

Country: LV

Partner budget: 139.833 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 118.858 EUR ERDF

Associated Partners

Vreta Kluster

Country: SE

Expected results

1. Demo sites with pilot investments.
These provide direct improvements in water management in the pilot areas and reduced nutrient losses (phosphorus and nitrogen with local variations). Ultimate nutrient reductions to the Baltic Sea from the pilot areas attributed to the project measures are not possible to verify over the projects life time, but the project will use baseline data, modelling, monitoring and reference areas with no measures implemented to verify the impact. Acceptability, implementability and multifunctionality are additional criteria for the measures implemented;
2. Local innovation and action groups stimulating voluntary action and entrepreneurship in water management;
3. Synthesis of lessons to allow for a broader national and international dialogue and transfer of the results to generate concrete projects in other areas across the BSR;
4. Increased awareness among farmers, advisors and municipal authorities and services on drainage techniques and approaches to integrate field and basic drainage measures - lowering the barriers for execution of sustainable drainage management and combination of environmental and production benefits;

Other results:
5. International network for information, knowledge and experience exchange for practical application in planning, targeting and implementing measures in the new Rural Development Programme
6. Tools for landowners to verify benefits of measures
7. Enhanced development of technical solutions for regulating drainage water
8. A “Business plan” for activating landowners, drainage associations and other comparable local groups for holistic water management
9. Innovation competition for university students
10. Country specific recommendations for administration
11. Updated and connected databases (e.g. WikiSCIEN, national drainage maps)

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Loviisan sanomat

Zemgales Zinas


Project videos

NutrInflow: pilotteritory in Latvia - Sodites ditch, Summer 2017
NutrInflow: field study tour to pilot object in Finland, Hardombäcken, May 2017
Loviisanjokeen laskevan Hardombäckenin kunnostus saatu päätökseen, June 2017

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