Tackling agricultural phosphorus load by soil amendments
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PROGRAMME 2021-2027
priority
2 Water-smart societies
objective
2.1 Sustainable waters
Project type
Core Project
Implementation
November 2023 - October 2026

GYPREG

The project GYPREG brings together national and public authorities, NGOs, farmers and farmers´ associations to increase the uptake of gypsum treatment of agricultural fields that allows to reduce phosphorus losses from agriculture.

Eutrophication significantly impacts the ecological state and ecosystem services provided by the Baltic Sea. To date, there has been a limited set of measures to reduce phosphorus load from agriculture, which also affects eutrophication of the coastal waters. The project consortium invites authorities and farmers to discuss how to adapt the method to the agricultural and environmental conditions in the partnering countries, and to monitor its implementation in pilot activities.

Gypsum holds promise to cut down phosphorous leakage

Gypsum has the potential to remarkably reduce phosphorus losses from agriculture and to assist EU member states in fulfilling their obligations under the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), Marine Strategy Directive (MSD), and Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP), thereby aiding in the cleanup of coastal waters.

However, gypsum amendment is poorly known and lacks local applications, posing a barrier in its large-scale use. To promote the uptake of the method, the project will work closely with its target groups to enhance collaboration across the environmental and agricultural sectors, co-create and adapt the method to the agricultural and environmental conditions in the partnering countries, and implement it in pilot activities.

Creating awareness materials for diverse target groups

Ultimately, the project's findings will be synthesized into policy briefs, summary reports, and training materials, which will be shared with policymakers, authorities, farmers and providers of agricultural extension services to facilitate their adaptation by the target groups. The project will develop nationally tailored operating models for applying the gypsum method in the partnering countries in the future. Additionally, it will result in tangible reductions in phosphorus losses.

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Budgets

GYPREG
in numbers.
  • 2.74
    Million
    Total
  • 2.19
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway

Top news

News

Lithuanian Farmers Keen to Learn About Soil Amendments
The large turnout of over 100 Lithuanian farmers, advisers and agricultural specialist to seminar ...

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Information of soil amendments to Polish farmers
Experts were informing Polish farmers about effects of the gypsum and liming on the soil. Farmers’ ...

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Over 70% of Latvian farmers are eager to pilot gypsum method
Survey reveals that Latvian farmers are eager to pilot gypsum method in GYPREG initiative. At the ...

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International gypsum project kicked-off from Finnish fields
The kick-off meeting of the GYPREG project took place in Helsinki, November 2023, including a ...
35 Benefitting organisations 1 Solution(s) in preparation 1 Solution(s) plannedfor use / upscale 1 Pilotactivities 23 Organisationsin the project

GYPREG
in numbers.

  • 60.167488124.9427473
  • 57.002817924.0871001
  • 55.3952532142857223.855120457142856
  • 52.13967624999999420.91978802931338
  • 60.195603924.928423
  • 59.341476818.064424
  • 57.68582075000000511.978188284954435
  • 56.953898324.0993642

Project partners

Lead partnerFinnish Environment Institute
  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
  • Country
    Finland
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
Total partner budget
565,830.00
Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology
  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
  • Country
    Latvia
  • Region
    Rīga
Total partner budget
243,073.60
Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry
  • Town
    Akademija, Kedainiai district
  • Region
  • Country
    Lithuania
  • Region
    Kauno apskritis
Total partner budget
274,286.00
Institute of Technology and Life Sciences – National Research Institute
  • Town
    Falenty
  • Region
  • Country
    Poland
  • Region
    Warszawski zachodni
Total partner budget
322,316.51
John Nurminen Foundation
  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
  • Country
    Finland
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
Total partner budget
485,050.00
Race For The Baltic
  • Town
    Stockholm
  • Region
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Region
    Stockholms län
Total partner budget
497,888.75
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
  • Town
    Göteborg
  • Region
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Region
    Västra Götalands län
Total partner budget
151,900.00
Union Farmers Parliament
  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
  • Country
    Latvia
  • Region
    Rīga
Total partner budget
199,196.80

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Videos

Gypsum method in water protection
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