NUTRINFLOW responds to the common pan-Baltic challenge to implement more effective and acceptable measures to reduce nutrient inflows to the surface waters and the Baltic Sea from agriculture. Measures in the broader landscape are needed to restore the lost retention capacity and to complement on-farm agri-environment measures. Agricultural drainage infrastructure faces the need of renovation in the project partner countries which provides additional impetus to cooperate to enhance knowledge and exchange experiences from concrete activities. Drainage systems are also potential settings for further applications in bioeconomy for energy and protein crop production.
The project activities will focus on pilot areas in Finland, Latvia and Sweden under pressure by agricultural nutrient losses. The project rests on a holistic catchment perspective. In line with existing management plans and drainage conditions, targeted demonstration investments are implemented in the drainage network in cooperation with municipalities and farmers as the main target groups. Through the investments, the project will reduce nutrient losses from agriculture in three priority regions.
Furthermore, the project will establish local innovation groups to stimulated voluntary organisation, innovation and implementation of measures in water flow regulation and support broader dialog across the participating municipalities. As a result, the project aims to have lead to reductions in nutrient inputs to the Baltic Sea and to have increased attractiveness and feasibility of holistic water management approach for agricultural catchments across the Central Baltic Region.
In summary, the project connects local authorities and farmers in a unique way and will demonstrate a cross-sector approach in sustainable agriculture and management of ecosystem resources. The project is the first full-scale project under the EUSBSR PA AGRI Flagship project Flow Baltic through which it will gain region-wide visibility.
Expected Results (EN):
R2.4. The amounts of nutrients, hazardous substances and toxins inflows into the Baltic Sea
Expected Outputs (EN):
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 Programme6. Tools for landowners to verify benefits of measures7. Enhanced development of technical solutions for regulating drainage water8. A “Business plan” for activating landowners, drainage associations and other comparable local groups for holistic water management9. Innovation competition for university students10. Country specific recommendations for administration11. Updated and connected databases (e.g. WikiSCIEN, national drainage maps)