Helsinki, 11 June 2018 – Finlandia Hall in Helsinki welcomed over three hundred participants full of ideas on how global usage of phosphorus, a finite resource, could be more sustainable. The ideas vary from technical innovations to better governance or more effective management of nutrient resources.
Phosphorus like other nutrients are key elements for crops, food production and food security, but a vast proportion is lost along the food cycle. Eventually, leaked nutrients from various sources end up in water bodies causing eutrophication, a major environmental problem. However, there are already solutions, practices and policies for sustainable nutrient recovery and recycling. The Baltic Sea region is a forerunner in sustainable nutrient management. All the riparian countries have signed the Baltic Sea Action Plan with its Nutrient Reduction Scheme. The Finnish Government committed to be a model country in nutrient recycling in the Baltic Sea Action Summit in 2010.
The presentations and success stories cover the wide range of approaches to nutrient cycling. Presented are i.e. Climate change and its impact on economy, UNEP project Our Phosphorus Future, closed ecosystem for animal production, 50 years of restoration of Rhine, remediation of a eutrophic bay etc.
The event will be livestreamed and can be followed in these addresses:
Monday 11th June: https://youtu.be/zbu9_Wzrd4o
Tuesday 12th June: https://youtu.be/fSc20Y4cQJU
The programme can be found here: https://phosphorusplatform.eu/espc3-2018
ESPC3 is jointly organised by the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP) and the Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG), and supported by the Finnish Ministry of the Environment and the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
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