NEFCO and BSAG: Seminar on deep basin bottom sediment oxygenation in the Baltic Sea


News / 27.01.2014

NEFCO and the Baltic Sea Action Group are hosting a seminar on deep basin bottom sediment oxygenation in the Baltic Sea on February 3, 2014 at 18.30 – 19.30 in Helsinki.
A regime shift has gradually occurred in the Baltic Sea: Today, oxygen depleted or oxygen free (hypoxic) bottoms release annually phosphorus up to three times the amount released from land.
Without actions to reduce or stop this annual approx. 100.000 tons phosphorus release, the possibilities for halting eutrophication and restoring the ecological balance of the Baltic Sea are remote. However, by applying innovative technical solutions, this negative scenario can be changed into benefits for the sea and for human activities.
By trapping the phosphorus in the bottom sediments of deep basins, the phosphorus can be recovered from the bottoms for use as fertilizer for agriculture. In this way the use of mineral phosphorus, a non-renewable resource and mining product, can be replaced by use of re-cycled phosphorus.
NEFCO (Nordic Environment Finance Corporation) and NIB (Nordic Investment Bank) gave a Baltic Sea Commitment to BSAG in 2010. The idea is to co-operate to find relevant projects for BSAP Fund funding. Results and plans from one such project, called BOX-WIN, are presented in the seminar.
Technical solutions and future strategies are presented by Anders Stigebrandt, Professor of Oceanography, University of Gothenburg and Bengt Simonsson, Process Leader Res & Dev, Techmarket, Stockholm.
 A combination of their technical solutions offers new possibilities to stop the ongoing eutrophication of the Baltic Sea in a cost effective manner.
The seminar is arranged on Monday February 3, 2014 at 18.30 – 19.30 in Tingsalen at Kulturkontakt Nord, Kajsaniemenkatu 9, in Helsinki.
​NEFCO is an international financial institution established by the five Nordic countries. NEFCO finances investments and projects primarily in Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova and Belarus as well as climate projects across the world. NEFCO’s main focus is to generate positive environmental effects of interest to the Nordic region.​

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