BSAG and the Unique Archipelago Sea campaign invited the decision-makers of Southwest Finland’s municipalities as well as other stakeholders to the Qvidja manor to meet with experts and discuss ways to revive the state of the Archipelago Sea.
The Archipelago Sea is still on the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission’s (HELCOM) hot spot list due to the heavy nutrient load, the only site in Finland on that list. The Finnish government’s goal is to remove it from the list by 2027. The timing of the Qvidja event was great, as it allowed for an opportunity to influence the actions included in the roadmap targeting agriculture. The road map with actions and supporting measures was prepared by the Southwest Finland regional authority and was published in mid-June. The meeting demonstrated strong commitment and active approach by the region’s municipalities, which also own asignificant amount of agricultural land in the region.
”On a municipal level we can do a lot, but we need government resources and determination to turn the wanted changes into reality. The window to influence next year’s government program is open as of now until the budget negotiations in autumn 2023,” says BSAG Project Manager Kaj Granholm.
The participants of the event highlighted that everyone, regardless of profession and standing, needs to take part in saving the Archipelago Sea. The content director of the Unique Archipelago Sea Jaakko Ruola summarized the current situation by saying that “the future of the Archipelago Sea is decided now”.
ACTION NEEDS TO BE TAKEN
Qvidja is one of the intensive sites of the Carbon Action platform. In Qvidja, regenerative farming practices that allow for a more sustainable society and improve the state of the Archipelago Sea are being developed. Caring for the soils and promoting carbon sequestration provides many benefits like enhanced nutrient retention.
In the Qvidja field, regenerative farming, including the use of recycled fibres for soil improvement was demonstrated. The politicians and policymakers witnessed how carbon farming practises improve soil quality and help keep drainage water clear of nutrients and suspended solids. In addition, the participants got informed on soil carbon sequestration measurements and how the increase in soil carbon stock is verified.
The state of the Archipelago Sea can be affected on many levels. ”A roadmap is needed, but knowledge and the choices each of us makes are decisive”, says BSAG’s Granholm.
The session was financially enabled by the projects stn MULTA (Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland) and LIFE CarbonFarmingScheme (European Union’s LIFE programme).