4. Improved coastal and marine environment

The programme objective aims at developing existing and new measures to reduce the inflows of nutrients, hazardous substances, plastics, and toxins’ inflows to the Baltic Sea. Both preventive and direct measures are supported. This focused approach will also contribute to enhancing biodiversity.

The focus areas with impact to the Baltic Sea have been defined in the national water management plans and marine strategies. As the load of harmful substances originates mainly from catchment areas, land-based load sources such as agriculture, forestry and the impact from urban systems are most relevant to be targeted by joint actions. Sea-based load sources such as sediments as can also be targeted.

Projects resulting into direct positive effects to the Baltic Sea are prioritised.

Types of partners

Public and non-profit organisations and authorities on national, regional, and local level, as well as private companies relevant for reducing nutrients, toxins and hazardous substances

Indicative list of actions supported
  • Awareness raising
  • Information collection, surveys
  • Analysis and surveys, plans, drawings, and designs
  • Designing, adapting methods
  • Planning and investing into digital solutions and processes
  • Joint pilot actions to reduce inflows of nutrients, toxins and hazardous substances
  • Small scale investments to reduce inflows of nutrients, toxins and hazardous substances
  • Experience exchange and learning as result of joint implementation

Any project should use a suitable mix of these actions based on the project topic. The chosen mix of actions must be relevant for achieving the contribution to both the project and programme results.

The main target groups

People, communities, and businesses benefitting from reduced emissions.

Result indicator

The number of improved urban and agricultural runoff/load sources.

Output indicators
  • Participations in joint actions across borders
  • Pilot actions developed jointly and implemented in projects
  • Organisations co-operating across borders

Contact person:

Samu Numminen
Project Manager
+358 400 532 092