Water driven rural development in the Baltic Sea Region
WATERDRIVE
 
PROGRAMME 2014-2020
priority
2 Natural resources
objective
2.1 Clear waters

WATERDRIVE

Targets for water quality set by national and international legislation such as the Water Framework Directive have not been met yet in many regions around the Baltic Sea. There seems to be a lack of capacity among local authorities to reach these targets and at the same time to develop competitive rural businesses. The WATERDRIVE project enhances local implementation practices for responsible water management by providing tools and training for about 20 rural communities.
Project summary

Risks in water

The water and natural ecosystems in the Baltic Sea region are negatively affected by high nutrient loadings, eutrophication, drought and floodings. The project WATERDRIVE implements smarter water management practices in agricultural landscapes to reduce nutrient loads by 30-50%. The project establishes innovative cross-sectoral cooperation among local authorities, farming communities, agricultural advisory services and other water- and land managers in the topics of high ecosystem productivity, resource efficient growth and risk management.

New tools for clearer waters

WATERDRIVE develops innovative digital technologies and methods for “doing the right thing at the right place”, adapts policies and financing for managing water on a landscape level, and implements a capacity building program for smart water management in agricultural landscapes of the Baltic Sea region.

WATERDRIVE combines the efforts to reduce nutrient loading with managing risks related to flooding and drought. These phenomena make it increasingly difficult for food producers to cope with on their own. The project works on methods to keep the water availability in the agricultural landscape for longer periods.

Around 20 rural communities from Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Sweden are directly involved in the project, and further 100 benefit from the innovative WATERDRIVE tools.

Budgets

WATERDRIVE
in numbers
  • 3.15
    Million
    Total
  • 2.13
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.37
    Million
    Eni + Russia
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway

Highlights by mid-term

The local authorities and communities in case areas in FI, SE, DK, RU, PL, LT and LV worked on engaging stakeholders for water governance in agricultural areas.

Examples of main achievements include:

In Östergötland, SE, eight farmers tested result-based payment systems and a decision support tool, observed by a local advisor and catchment officers. They concluded that the tool needs to be more simple to use.

In the Zuvintas area, LT, water quality management experts met with the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, experts from municipalities, Meteliai Regional Park Directorate, among others, to raise awareness about water quality management and monitoring.

In Paldivere and the Adavere Pöltsamaa Nitrate Vulnerably Zone, the Ministry of Rural Affairs, the Ministry of Environment, the Environmental Board, the Estonian Agricultural Chamber of Commerce and Trade, as well as the Estonian Farmers Union discussed the renewal of the NVZ action plan 2021-2030.

In the Ljuga River and Tesova areas, RU, public representatives and the heads of agricultural enterprises met and submitted official proposals to the Committee for Agroindustry and Fisheries Complex of the Leningrad Region for improving the environmental friendliness of livestock enterprises.

In Jelgava and Swete River area, LV, a focus group of farmers and representatives from the municipality, drainage department and Ministry of Agriculture worked on the implementation and investment plan for the Swete River

Outputs

Project Stories

Partners

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

  • Town
    Uppsala
  • Region
    Uppsala län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
527,845.84
59.858612617.6387436

South Baltic Water District Authority/Kalmar County Administrative Board

  • Town
    Kalmar
  • Region
    Kalmar län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
90,500.00
56.662882616.3662382

Swedish Board of Agriculture

  • Town
    Jönköping
  • Region
    Jönköpings län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
98,250.00
57.782563414.165719

Västervik Municipality

  • Town
    Västervik
  • Region
    Kalmar län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
159,500.00
57.759418616.6385035

Baltic Environmental Forum Lithuania

  • Town
    Vilnius
  • Region
    Vilniaus apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
129,553.00
54.687045825.2829111

Natural Resources Institute Finland

  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
20,000.00
60.167488124.9427473

Finnish Environment Institute

  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
163,750.00
60.167488124.9427473

SUCCEEDED by PP23 (01.10.2020) ProAgria Southern Finland

  • Town
    Hämenlinna
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
63,150.81
60.994858424.46654

Finnish Field Drainage Association

  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
103,500.00
60.167488124.9427473

Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre

  • Town
    Talllinn
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
184,000.00
59.437215524.7453688

Jelgava Local Municipality

  • Town
    Jelgava
  • Region
    Zemgale
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
90,500.00
56.64143723.7339107

Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies

  • Town
    Jelgava
  • Region
    Zemgale
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
145,000.00
56.64143723.7339107

Union Farmers' Parliament

  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
    Rīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
102,850.02

Agricultural Advisory Service in Brwinow

  • Town
    Brwinów
  • Region
    Radomski
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
152,475.00
52.142555120.7170701

European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology

  • Town
    Lodz
  • Region
    Łódzki
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
150,779.00
52.258470116.7440265

PhenoHorizon OLP SP. zO.O.

  • Town
    Lodz
  • Region
    Łódzki
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
84,555.00
52.258470116.7440265

WITHDRAWAL (31/12/2020) Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs of the German Federal State Schleswig Holstein

  • Town
    Flintbek
  • Region
    Rendsburg-Eckernförde
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
90,609.16
54.243209210.0633244

L&F SEGES

  • Town
    Aarhus
  • Region
    Østjylland
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
229,750.00
56.149627810.2134046

Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG)

  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
82,600.00
60.167488124.9427473

Northwest Research Institute of Agricultural Economics and Organisation (NWRIAEO)

  • Town
    Saint-Petersburg, Pushkin
  • Region
    Leningrad Oblast
  • Country
    Russian Federation
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
190,000.00
59.72225630.415731

Institute for Engineering and Environmental Problems in Agricultural Production – branch of Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution “Federal Scientific Agroengineering Center VIM” (IEEP)

  • Town
    St. Petersburg
  • Region
    Leningrad Oblast
  • Country
    Russian Federation
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
150,000.00
59.91785735000000630.380619357025516

Administration of Guryevsk city district

  • Town
    Guryevsk
  • Region
    Kaliningrad Oblast
  • Country
    Russian Federation
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
98,988.51
54.774557120.6037041

Water Protection Association of the River Kokemäenjoki

  • Town
    Tampere
  • Region
    Pirkanmaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
37,349.19
61.498021423.7603118