Baltic Beach Wrack – Conversion of a Nuisance To a Resource and Asset
CONTRA
 
PROGRAMME 2014-2020
priority
2 Natural resources
objective
2.1 Clear waters

CONTRA

The CONTRA project compiles the knowledge required for sustainable management of beach wrack in the Baltic Sea Region and carries out case studies for beach wrack treatment. Beach wrack is organic material washed ashore, e.g. torn off sea grass or brown algae. It can cover Baltic Sea beaches for weeks after storms, rotting into a smelly soup and leaking nutrients back into the water. Managing beach wrack is an issue for local authorities and the tourism industry, in particular of the western and southern Baltic Sea.
Project summary

Wrack management for clean beaches

The CONTRA project aims to change how coastal municipalities perceive and deal with beach wrackand to help develop the knowledge required for its sustainable treatment as part of coastal water management. The project compiles a tool-kit of options for removing and using beach wrack in a useful manner. The tool-kit is meant to help municipalities along the Baltic Sea coast to balance tourists’ demands for clean beaches with environmental protection.

Balancing opposing interests and identifying economic opportunities

Current practices to collect beach wrack create a financial burden for local communities. The methods used to collect and dispose of beach wrack, are also often in direct conflict with measures to safeguard the environment. To address this conflict and to balance opposing interests, CONTRA conducts a fair and comprehensive evaluation of all environmental, social and economic aspects of beach wrack management at six case study sites. This evaluation includes ecological impacts of beach wrack collection, to industrial cycles of beach wrack processing and value chains of beach wrack based products or services. Potential products and services include fertilizer, soil improvers, biochar, biocover, coastal protection, biogas production and water quality improvement

A beach wrack cooperation network

The project establishes an international network for knowledge exchange, capacity building, awareness raising and promotion of low-treatment or no-treatment options for beach wrack. The consortium comprises of public authorities, businesses, academia and NGOs coming from six countries (Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Poland, Sweden, Russia). Thematically the consortium covers marine systems, coastal tourism, sustainable development as well as administrative structures of the Baltic Sea region.

Budgets

CONTRA
in numbers
  • 2.57
    Million
    Total
  • 1.92
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.08
    Million
    Eni + Russia
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway

Highlights by mid-term

The project partnership implements seven case studies demonstrating different recycling opportunities for beach wreck. The tested solutions are very manifold. They include the use of beach wreck as an additive for organic fertilizer, as well as testing a holistic approach from the removal of beach wreck to its economic use under consideration of environmental and financial aspects. So far, the involved project partners collected sample materials from the beaches around the Baltic Sea analysed the samples and drew conclusions and proposals on how to use the beach wreck in the most efficient way.

Further, the partnership paved the ground for the transnational and cross-discipline stakeholder network, a formal umbrella network that will take over all activities related to beach wrack after the implementation period. Therefore, stakeholder working groups have been established in each partner country to serve as platforms for local problem sharing and public-private cooperation.

Outputs

Project Stories

Partners

University of Rostock

  • Town
    Rostock
  • Region
    Rostock, Kreisfreie Stadt
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
551,979.65
54.092444512.1286127

Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

  • Town
    Sopot
  • Region
    Trójmiejski
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
229,300.00
54.4419090518.54309444570447

EUCC - Coastal Union Germany

  • Town
    Rostock-Warnemünde
  • Region
    Rostock, Kreisfreie Stadt
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
246,487.50
54.177903912.0812875

KS-VTCtech GmbH

  • Town
    Ganderkesee
  • Region
    Oldenburg, Landkreis
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
119,400.00
53.03449848.5451469

Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic

  • Town
    Elbląg
  • Region
    Elbląski
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
74,483.75
54.155870819.4044583

Linnaeus University

  • Town
    Kalmar
  • Region
    Kalmar län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
259,052.50
56.662882616.3662382

Estonian Ministry of Environment

  • Town
    Tallinn
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
29,931.40
59.437215524.7453688

University of Tartu

  • Town
    Tartu
  • Region
    Lõuna-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
179,950.00
58.39564534999999526.630885501668523

Atlantic Branch of Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, RAS

  • Town
    Kaliningrad
  • Region
    Kaliningrad Oblast
  • Country
    Russian Federation
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
89,996.42
54.71012820.5105838

University of Southern Denmark

  • Town
    Odense
  • Region
    Fyn
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
175,292.00
55.399722510.3852104

Krinova AB

  • Town
    Kristianstad
  • Region
    Skåne län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
243,631.40
56.029377814.1566859

Municipality of Køge

  • Town
    Køge
  • Region
    Østsjælland
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
116,191.25
55.456500912.1818964

Gdańsk University of Technology

  • Town
    Gdańsk
  • Region
    Trójmiejski
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
109,505.00
54.3611928518.62860883362069

Hanseatic Environment CAM GmbH

  • Town
    Sandhagen
  • Region
    Mecklenburgische Seenplatte
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
139,980.00
58.583398813.4306142