International cooperation is a necessity if we are to save the Baltic Sea. Agriculture is no different; the sea does not care from which country the excess nutrients are leaching. That is why BSAG is working towards more Baltic Sea friendly agriculture in the whole Baltic Sea Region and took part in the international Baltic Compass project.
Baltic Compass’ research has shown that there is a huge variety of agri-environmental measures applied in the region, i.e the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is being implemented in many different ways. However, the level of implementation is too weak. Countries have chosen their favourites among the list of measures and implementation of the other measure can be poor. There is a need to do more. The good news is that the differences across the region give countries s a unique opportunity to learn from each other.
Baltic Compass is in the process of finishing its final conclusions as the project ends in December. Some of the results gathered thus far include:
– A list of prioritized measures that can be used by farmers to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus leakage
– Training guidelines on using prioritized measures
– Innovative agri-environmental technologies for sustainable food production
– Guidelines for surface and drainage water quality monitoring in agriculture dominated areas
– River Basin Management Plans addressing diffuse pollution from agriculture
– Constructed Wetlands and Flood Control: A Synthesis of four cases
– Case study on energy potential from Biomass in Germany
– Case study on viability of biogas as a agri-environmental measure
– Governance innovations for improved phosphorus management and reuse
Baltic Compass has promoted an open dialogue between the different countries in the Baltic Sea region and their agri-environmental sectors. Together with its sister projects, Baltic Deal and Baltic Manure and the WWF, Baltic Compass has organised the A Greener Agriculture for a Baltic Sea Seminar for four years now. This year the conference gathered together 250 agri-environmental stakeholders. A testament to the widespread cooperation was when HELCOM’s Agri-Environmental Forum and the European Union’s Strategy for the Baltic Sea Nutri- and Agri-priority groups organised their meetings together with this year’s conference.
Baltic Compass will organise its final conference in Tallinn on 10-12th December.