Platform on Integrated Water Cooperation
BSR WATER
 
PROGRAMME 2014-2020
priority
2 Natural resources
objective
2.1 Clear waters

BSR WATER

More coordinated water management across borders can improve the Baltic Sea environment. The Baltic Smart Water Hub connects water experts from companies, associations, authorities, academia and NGOs. The platform BSR WATER fills the hub with knowledge on the management of smart sludge, storm and waste water, manure and energy efficiency. The project platform aims to enhance continuous cross-sectoral cooperation in smart water management providing a possibility for transnational experience exchange, sharing of good practices and solutions, as well as delivering a comprehensive overview of the current and future policy contexts and their impacts in the BSR countries.
Project summary

The online platform “Baltic Smart Water Hub”

BSR Water develops an interactive online platform about the management of water, namely fresh, sea, storm and waste water management. This platform, Baltic Smart Water Hub, is meant to enable international knowledge and expertise exchange. The open access web portal promotes recent good practices, technical solutions and tools developed in different water related projects. The platform allows a wide dissemination of piloted practices and tools. The purpose of the platform is to help operators to manage the water resources of the BSR smartly.

Improving links and integration among water sector experts

BSR Water brings together partners from different cooperation projects which have generated many replicable as well as unique solutions for smart nutrient management and sludge handling, storm water management, domestic and industrial wastewater treatment, manure management and energy efficiency.

Fostering transnational cooperation and disseminating knowledge

Knowledge transfer has a strategic importance and plays a crucial role in achieving sustainable and prosperous Baltic Sea Region. The project aims to enhance continuous cross-sectoral cooperation in smart water management providing a possibility for transnational experience exchange, sharing of good practices and solutions, as well as delivering comprehensive overview of the current and future policy contexts and their impacts in the BSR countries.

 

Projects represented in the platform

Budgets

BSR WATER
in numbers
  • 1.13
    Million
    Total
  • 0.77
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.12
    Million
    Eni + Russia
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway

Achievements

The BSR WATER project platform provided space for exchanging knowledge, experiences, and best practices for practitioners and decision-makers in water management in the Baltic Sea region. The partners synthesised results and solutions from projects of Interreg Baltic Sea Region, Interreg Europe, Central, and South Baltic as well as the BONUS EU funding programmes. This work resulted in 115 examples of smart water operations, presented in detail in the Baltic Smart Water Hub at www.balticwaterhub.net. These examples include good practices, technical solutions and tools on how to manage fresh, sea, storm and waste waters more efficiently. The platform also enabled to create a lasting network of some twenty-five water experts. These experts and hub partners reached out to more than 6000 practitioners and decision-makers: water companies and associations, local authorities and technology companies, NGOs and water protection foundations from the Baltic Sea region countries.

The Water Hub and the network of water experts continue working after the BSR WATER project platform ends. They enable the exchange of practical experiences and promotion of local achievements on the transnational level. The Water Hub is run by the Sustainable Cities Commission of the Union of the Baltic Cities.

The platform significantly contributed to the regional policy dialogue on water-related issues. Based on the knowledge and solutions of the implemented projects, the platform partners developed recommendations on nutrient recycling, management of stormwater and micropollutants in wastewater treatment. They helped develop or update strategic policy documents of the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, known as HELCOM. They cooperated with the coordinators of the EUSBSR policy areas Nutri and Hazards in this policy work.

The palette of solutions for nutrient recycling developed by the partners contributed to the development of the new Baltic Sea Regional Nutrient Recycling Strategy and the revision of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan. Both strategic documents were adopted at the HELCOM Ministerial Meeting in October 2021.

The partners synthesised the knowledge and solutions on up-to-date organisation of stormwater management in urban landscapes. They promoted this synthesis into the update of the HELCOM recommendation 23/5 on "Reduction of discharges from urban areas by the proper management of storm water systems". It was adopted by the HELCOM Heads of the Delegations meeting. This was a unique case when the project output was integrated into the international policy framework during the project lifetime.

Outputs

Online platform "Baltic Smart Water Hub"

The Hub presents 115 cases of good practices and solutions in the water sector developed and tested in many Interreg projects. These practices and solutions help municipalities and water operators to manage fresh, sea, storm and wastewater more efficiently and in a sustainable way. The solutions range from infrastructural investments, management processes, citizen-engaging campaigns, and stakeholder cooperation measures. More than 25 water experts from research, local authorities, and businesses from nine countries supported the quality control of accumulated solutions and exchange on the Hub content and developments.

The palette of solutions for nutrient recycling in the Baltic Sea region

The palette of solutions focuses on phosphorus recovery from wastewater, sludge, and incineration ashes, with some information on possible nitrogen recovery as well. It helps authorities, local practitioners, and companies to plan national phosphorus recovery strategies, key technologies, and potential applications. The main focus is on the technologies already tested on larger scales. It includes an overview of the nutrient sources, pathways, and flows within the wastewater treatment plant, different recovery technologies with both descriptions of the technology itself and cases of their full-scale implementation in our region. It also identifies potential environmental risks, assesses the financial feasibility of the technologies, and outlines important legal barriers currently restricting the development of nutrient recycling.

Project Stories

  • 09.09.2020

    Interview: “Interreg projects can push into the right direction”

    To improve the water quality of the sea has been a continuous objective of Interreg Baltic Sea Region and its predecessor programmes. Many projects have received funding to reduce negative impacts of agriculture on the sea. The platform SuMaNu gathers and synthesises best practices and recommendations on nutrient management. We interviewed Henning Lyngsoe Foged from Aarhus, Denmark, who has been one of the driving forces to spread agri-environmental innovations across countries around the Baltic Sea.
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  • 14.04.2020

    Interview: Better clean the water in your village

    People in the countryside release too many nutrients to the environment through their waste water because it is often not purified effectively. This problem was overlooked for many years. The Interreg project Village waters set out to make proper cleaning of waste water common practice across the rural areas around the Baltic Sea. In this interview, the project managers explain why they started the project and what they achieved.
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  • 21.08.2019

    Treating waste water smarter

    Waste water treatment plants are transforming from energy consumers to energy producers thanks to new technologies, privatisation of public services and growing resource awareness. The Interreg project IWAMA enables regions and cities to make better use of their limited resources: its Baltic Smart Water Hub makes knowledge about relevant techniques available to plant operators and owners as well as researchers and university lecturers.
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  • 20.12.2016

    Making legal requirement accessible to establish an environmentally friendly aquaculture in the baltic sea

    Establishing environmentally friendly mussel aquaculture requires to follow necessary legal obligations in the EU. The project Baltic Blue Growth is making a concerted effort in explaining these requirements to its projects partners and others who are interested in pushing forward mussel aquaculture in the Baltic Sea.
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Partners

Union of the Baltic Cities, Sustainable Cities Commission c/o City of Turku

  • Town
    Turku
  • Region
    Varsinais-Suomi
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
260,944.61
60.451753122.2670522

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission (HELCOM)

  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
118,925.00
60.167488124.9427473

Berlin University of Technology

  • Town
    Berlin
  • Region
    Berlin
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
166,720.00
52.517036513.3888599

University of Tartu

  • Town
    Tartu
  • Region
    Lõuna-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
133,000.00
58.39564534999999526.630885501668523

Gdansk University of Technology

  • Town
    Gdańsk
  • Region
    Trójmiejski
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
45,000.00
54.3611928518.62860883362069

SYKLI Environmental School of Finland

  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
100,069.98
60.167488124.9427473

Riga City Council

  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
    Rīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
74,942.00
56.949397724.1051846

City of Helsinki

  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
95,129.00
60.167488124.9427473

State Geological Unitary Company «Mineral» (SC Mineral)

  • Town
    St. Petersburg
  • Region
    City of St. Petersburg
  • Country
    Russian Federation
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
65,260.78
59.91785735000000630.380619357025516

State Autonomous Institution of the Kaliningrad region "Environmental Center "ECAT-Kaliningrad"

  • Town
    Kaliningrad
  • Region
    Kaliningrad Oblast
  • Country
    Russian Federation
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
73,449.00
54.71012820.5105838