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NURSECOAST-II mid-term meeting in Jurmala: reflecting on progress and planning ahead

13 May 2024
As the NURSECOAST-II project steadily moves forward, reaching almost halfway through its duration, it was time for the team and partners to come together for a mid-term meeting in Latvia during the second week of May 2024.
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This gathering not only served as a moment to reflect on the accomplishments thus far but also provided an opportunity to look beyond our project, learn from others, strengthen partnerships, and plan ahead.

Visiting Latvian pilot sites

One of the highlights of the mid-term meeting was the exploration of Latvian pilot sites, offering insights to the innovative solutions soon to be implemented. The day started with visits to two inspiring pilot sites: the wastewater treatment plant in Blazma and in Jurkalne. At Blazma wastewater treatment plant, implemented by project partner SIA “VNK Serviss,” the focus is on artificial wetlands, showcasing sustainable wastewater treatment practices. Meanwhile, WW Jurkalne, also implemented by SIA “VNK Serviss,” is planning to test the utilization of nanobubbles technology. Both pilot sites are in areas facing high seasonal pressure on wastewater systems during the summer period (up to 200 times more people in the area) as well as the challenging effect of stormwater, thus needing better and more adaptable solutions to preserve the pristine nature.

Exploring the Baltic Sea coastline

In addition to the informative site visits, participants had the opportunity to walk at Jurkalne Seashore Bluffs. These are one of the most picturesque parts of Latvia’s seashore, with a quiet beach untouched by civilization and bluffs up to 20 meters high. The beauty of the beach reminded everyone of the diversity of the Baltic Sea coastline landscape and the importance of protecting this pristine sea, which is surrounded by nine countries.

Engaging discussions on water management

The following day gathered nearly fifty people, both on-site and online, to engage in discussions surrounding water supply and wastewater treatment challenges in tourist destinations. The project team presented a comprehensive overview of progress, future plans, and the current status of the six pilot sites. Additionally, insights were shared from other inspiring projects such as the LIFE GoodWater IP project and ReNutriWater, both serving as inspiring examples of other organizations nurturing the water bodies in the Baltic Sea Region. Ten NURSECOAST-II associated partners from Poland and Latvia contributed their perspectives, shedding light on the diverse spectrum of challenges and opportunities in managing tourism-related water usage.

The NURSECOAST-II mid-term meeting in Latvia served as a great moment for reflection, collaboration, and inspiration. From exploring innovative pilot sites to engaging in meaningful discussions, the event underscored the importance of collective action in safeguarding the Baltic Sea.

Photo: Johanna Lehtmets, SEI Tallinn
Pilot site in Blazma
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Project partners learning about the pilot site in Blazma
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Project partners learning about the pilot site in Blazma
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Pilot site in Blazma, the old wastewater treatment system
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Pilot site in Blazma, here will be built the new nature-based solution/articifial wetland
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Visiting the pilot site in Jurkalne
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Visiting the pilot site in Jurkalne
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Visiting the pilot site in Jurkalne
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Pilot site in Jurkalne
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Visiting the pilot site in Jurkalne
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Visiting the pilot site in Jurkalne
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Jurkalne beach and sand bluffs
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Jurkalne sandy beach
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NURSECOAST-II seminar, groupwork in world cafe format
Photo: Johanna Lehtmets, SEI Tallinn
NURSECOAST-II seminar, groupwork in world cafe format
Photo: Johanna Lehtmets, SEI Tallinn
NURSECOAST-II seminar, groupwork in world cafe format
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NURSECOAST-II seminar, presenting the results of groupwork
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NURSECOAST-II seminar
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NURSECOAST-II seminar
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NURSECOAST-II seminar
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Preparing for the upcoming project activities
Photo: Johanna Lehtmets, SEI Tallinn
Preparing for the upcoming project activities