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

BSR WATER

The Interreg platform BSR WATER filled up the Baltic Smart Water Hub with over a hundred best practices and solutions to clear and smartly manage fresh, sea, storm and waste waters.
The opportunity

Triggering exchange in the water field

BSR Water aimed to build on existing solutions in order to improve cross-sectoral coordination of smart water management in the Baltic Sea region. It brought together water experts from companies, associations, authorities, academia and NGOs who worked in several cooperation projects before.

A joint platform offered an opportunity to exchange experiences, good practices and tested solutions. In addition, it was about creating a comprehensive overview of the current and future policy contexts and their impacts on the Baltic Sea region.

Baltic Smart Water Hub

One of the core opportunities bringing an existing online platform called Baltic Smart Water Hub to a new level. The open-access web portal promotes good practices, technical solutions and tools developed in different water-related projects in the region. By increasing the portfolio of the hub and a wider dissemination of piloted practices and tools, the platform actively helps help operators smartly manage the water resources of the Baltic Sea region.

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

A hub of experts

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.

Triggering policy change in the region

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

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