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Policy meeting for agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the Baltic Sea Region

The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region held priority 9 meeting for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Helsinki, last month. This Priority 9 is why we have the Baltic Manure project! Baltic Manure was present and active participator in the event


By Knud Tybirk, Communication manager, Baltic Manure


Most actors in Baltic Manure do not care too much about the strategies and policies behind our project as long as we can make scientific, policy or business developments. But it is a fact: without a policy and a strategy with this Priority 9, we would not have our project. So here’s a few lines form the ‘policy level’.


The Finnish Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for the coordination of priority 9 efforts and organizes this yearly event in Helsinki.


Several projects are presented and the focus of the presentations is on how we can learn from project experiences and how we can cooperate between projects to achieve the overall targets of economic development and a cleaner Baltic Sea.


Can we state that the strategy has reduced pollution of the Baltic Sea or that the strategy has created 100 new jobs in a certain region?


Project indicators should be able to give such answers in the end.


EU Commission involvement

DG-REGIO in Brussels is responsible for the coordination of the efforts between programmes and the policy targets. Anders Lindblom gave an overview of the mid-term review process for the Intereg Baltic Sea programme and points out the importance of a close link between policy and decision makers and project managers.


He recommends Flagship projects to participate and influence the policy makers at relevant events, such as the forthcoming 2nd Annual Forum on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region held in Gdansk, October 24-26 2011:


Click here to read about the event in Gdansk


Baltic Manure is responsible for a parallel workshop, organized by WP 4 with a focus on P management.


Turning pig manure from waste to asset
Lotta Samuelson from Baltic Sea 2020 presented the results of a study where several Baltic Manure partners have contributed on using pig manure for biogas and fertilizer in the Baltic Sea Region.


- It is possible to turn manure from a waste into an asset, Lotta Samuelson said, but it is not a ‘quick fix’. Many things have to be taken into consideration to use the nutrients and energy in a clever way. Otherwise biogas can create more eutrophication, she warned.


The work has had focus on the optimal usage of manure nutrients, and a basic prerequisite is storage capacity. Digestated manure should be stored in closed containers and brought to the crops during the growing season.


The works have been the basis for planning a pig manure based biogas demo-plant to be established in Poland showing the optimal treatment of the manure nutrients and inspiring all farmers in the Baltic Sea Region.
Baltic Manure will follow up on this demo-plant when realised.


The report can be accessed here.


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