BALTIC: Ministers set out scheme to combat eutrophication
Iwapublishing.com, October 8th
Environment ministers and high-level representatives from the nine Baltic coastal countries and the EU, meeting last week in a HELCOM meeting, have reached an agreement on a package of extensive actions and measures
The measures will open up new themes to be addressed in the protection of the Baltic Sea, HELCOM says. After a year of negotiations, the new ministerial outcome expresses the ambition of the region to become a model for good management of human activities and to steer regional actions for reaching a healthier marine environment for the Baltic Sea.
The ministerial meeting adopted an overarching scheme for combatting eutrophication in the Baltic Sea. Within the scheme, each country commits to fulfill particular targets for reducing nutrient pollution, through measures addressing discharges and emissions from land and air.
The updated targets represent the best available knowledge and give guidance to sharing responsibility for reducing nutrient inputs originating from both HELCOM and non-HELCOM countries, the organization says, as well as from shipping and sources outside the region.
Agriculture was singled out as a crucial sector for the success of reaching good environmental status of the Baltic. On sustainable agricultural production, the meeting agreed, among other things, on measures that include annual nutrient accounting at farm level by 2018 and environmentally sound use of manure nutrients to be achieved by specific deadlines.