The nutrient recycling programme admistrated by the Ministry of the Environment, has been successful, reports Pöyry, an external consultant company who analyzed the 15 completed projects of the 27 the programme has so far funded. According to the report, Baltic Sea Action Group’s Järki-Manure project was particularly successful in both content and communication.
The nutrient cycling programme helps fulfilling the Baltic Sea Commitment made by the Finnish government in 2010 Baltic Se Action Summit. Commitment includes enhanced efforts to achieve good ecological status of the Archipelago Sea by 2020- and making Finland a model country in nutrient recycling. The programme aims also to further develop nutrient recycling in a situation where supply of phosphorus tightens and the prices of fertilizers rises.
Overall, nutrient recycling programme has been evaluated to be successful promoting nutrient recycling and measures to achieve a good status for the Baltic Sea. Baltic Sea Action Group´s project Järki-Manure was highlighted as the most successful project, and as an excellent example of raising awareness on the benefits of nutrient recycling .
Analysis conducted by Pöyry Consulting estimates that manure exchange cooperation between animal and crop farms raises nutrient recycling potential and substantially reduces nutrient leakage in the Archipelago Sea.
Baltic Sea Action Group’s Järki-Manure project’s aim was to find and identify practical models for cooperation between livestock and crop farms, as well as to identify bottlenecks preventing co-operation and to find solutions to fix them. The project distributed practical information on manure utilization for farmers. On the other hand knowledge and development ideas were forwarded to decision-makers and working groups and were used e.g. in the preparation of national nitrate regulation.
Acting as an initiator and a catalyst between different actors of society, and thus influencing current structures reflects Baltic Sea Action Group’s way of working. Results of Järki-Manure are furthered with Järki, the ongoing co-project between BSAG and the Nature and Game Management Finland.
Results and produced materials will be featured here: www.jarki.fi.