priority 2: Water-smart Societies

Objective 2.1
Sustainable waters

The Programme supports actions that improve the state of water in the region and make its management more sustainable. These waters include the Baltic Sea, coastal waters and inland waters like rivers, lakes and groundwater.

What are sustainable waters?

The Programme supports actions that improve the state of water in the region and make its management more sustainable. These waters include the Baltic Sea, coastal waters and inland waters like rivers, lakes and groundwater.

Prevent & reduce water pollution

The Programme encourages actions that implement available solutions to prevent and reduce water pollution across various waterways. Actions may develop new solutions and apply them widely in the region. Actions may adapt water management practices to changing climate conditions in urban, rural and coastal areas, such as storms, floods or droughts. Actions may support adapting water management strategies to emerging challenges.

 

Shared water resources

Where possible, actions should be cross-sectoral as water resources and catchments are shared by multiple sectors and stakeholders. Relevant sectors include municipal and regional water management, agriculture, aquaculture, fishery, forestry, waste management, industry and households.

What can I do in my project?

We believe our projects help implement several important strategies in our region, and, in particular, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and its policy areas Nutri, Hazards, Bioeconomy, Secure, and Health.

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Introduce good practices to prevent emissions

Engage authorities, companies, advisories and local communities to introduce good practices to prevent nutrient and hazardous substance emissions in water, incl. interaction across sectors, and test solutions to recycle nutrients or business models for ecosystem services;

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Use water reasonably

Adapt water management practices across sectors to use water reasonably (e.g. reuse, retain, recirculate);

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Reduce risks of water pollution

Improve water management practices across sectors to reduce risks of water pollution aggravated by climate change (e.g. coastal erosion);

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Adapt water management

Adapt water management and other strategies to emerging pollutants or new solutions to eutrophication;

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Address effects of climate change

Rethink planning processes for more effective water management (e.g. during storms, floods, droughts and groundwater scarcity), also developing greening plans, nature-based and digital solutions;

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Shift behaviour

Pilot actions to shift consumer and production patterns to prevent water pollution e.g. reducing plastic use, handling pharmaceuticals.

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Four priorities & nine objectives

Funding under four priorities

Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021-2027 creates an environment for public and private partners to work together across borders on their smart ideas. This is how the Programme helps put into practice innovative, water-smart and climate-neutral solutions for the benefit of the citizens across the Baltic Sea region.

The Programme is structured along four priorities, which in the years 2021-2027 guide partners in achieving the most when cooperating across borders.

 
Priority 1

Innovative societies

1.1 Resilient economies and communities
1.2 Responsive public services

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Priority 2

Water-smart societies

2.1 Sustainable waters
2.2 Blue economy

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Priority 3

Climate-neutral societies

3.1 Circular economy
3.2 Energy transition
3.3 Smart green mobility

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Priority 4

Cooperation governance

4.1 Project platform
4.2 Macro-regional governance

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Overview: all programme objectives

Resilient economies and communities

Objective 1.1
under Priority 1: Innovative societies

Sustainable waters

Objective 2.1
under Priority 2: Water-smart societies

Climate-neutral societies

Objective 3.1
under Priority 3: Climate-neutral societies

Project platforms

Objective 4.1
under Priority 4: Cooperation governance

Responsive public service

Objective 1.2
under Priority 1: Innovative societies

Blue economy

Objective 2.2
under Priority 2: Water-smart societies

Energy transition

Objective 3.2
under Priority 3: Climate-neutral societies

Macro-regional governance

Objective 4.2
under Priority 4: Cooperation governance

Smart green transport

Objective 3.3
under Priority 3: Climate-neutral societies

Resilient economies and communities

Objective 1.1
under Priority 1: Innovative societies

Responsive public service

Objective 1.2
under Priority 1: Innovative societies

Sustainable waters

Objective 2.1
under Priority 2: Water-smart societies

Blue economy

Objective 2.2
under Priority 2: Water-smart societies

Climate-neutral societies

Objective 3.1
under Priority 3: Climate-neutral societies

Energy transition

Objective 3.2
under Priority 3: Climate-neutral societies

Smart green transport

Objective 3.3
under Priority 3: Climate-neutral societies

Project platforms

Objective 4.1
under Priority 4: Cooperation governance

Macro-regional governance

Objective 4.2
under Priority 4: Cooperation governance

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