The NutriTrade project has come to an end, but the new ideas and water protection measures will continue to develop and expand in the Baltic Sea Region and in several collaborations the project has initiated.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the project and hope you keep up the good work in saving the Baltic Sea!

In the past three years, the NutriTrade consortium

  • Successfully implemented four pilots and thereby reduced nutrient loading by 6 t P in 2015-18. For most of the measures, the nutrient reductions will continue in the future, too. Comparative cost estimates for new nutrient abatement measures were produced and a new water protection measure, gypsum treatment of agricultural fields was introduced to HELCOM contracting parties. There has also been interest in including management fishing and mussel farming in the national palettes of measures.
  • Set up Nutribute, which according to our understanding is the first platform in Europe for fundraising for water protection. Nutribute enabled nutrient reduction measures and voluntary offsetting of nutrient discharges and reduced thereby phosphorus loading by 28 t.
  • Showed that there is a potential for flexible mechanisms, for instance in the form of nutrient credits and offsets in the Baltic Sea region, in particular at the local/regional scale. At the larger national/international scale, the presence of multiple other regulations and policy instruments pose a coordination problem.
  • Delivered the project messages to the main stakeholders with the help of conferences, dissemination events, newsletters, press releases, project website and social media accounts.

For more information on this Interreg Central Baltic financed project carried out by John Nurminen Foundation, University of Helsinki, Luke, SLU and Anthesis Enveco, please contact Project Manager Anna Saarentaus at


NutriTrade consortium and project steering group on Pentala island in Espoo, Finland

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