Nutrient efficiency – nutrients to the crops, not to the Baltic Sea
Policy recommendations, update on HELCOM strategy and inspirational examples were presented in SuMaNu’s Final Conference held in cooperation with Coalition Clean Baltic on Monday 14th of June.
In the future, sustainable manure and nutrient management in the agriculture is a must, not only in the Baltic Sea region but also globally. Luckily, the Baltic Sea region has cooperated with this challenge for over a decade via EU funded projects. SuMaNu gathered together and synthesised results from previous agri-environmental projects. On Monday 14th of June was the time to have SuMaNu’s final conference and present its findings.
Researchers Sari Luostarinen and Minna Sarvi from Luke gave presentations of practices and technologies analysed in the project as well as policy recommendations based on the work. SuMaNu team has had workshops about policy recommendations in all member countries and this work has been used also as a background for HELCOM nutrient recycling strategy development. Susanna Kaasinen from HELCOM presented an update on the strategy. More detailed picture about the importance of balanced nutrient fertilisation was given by Gunnar Noren from Coalition Clean Baltic.
The many ways to support the sustainability of nutrient management was illustrated by inspirational examples from the Baltic Sea riparian countries. Technical innovations, more sustainable practices, better policies, more information and knowledge transfer are all needed for keeping nutrients where they belong – on fields fertilising crops.
- Practices and technologies for sustainable nutrient management, Dr. Sari Luostarinen, Luke – Natural Resources Institute Finland
- Policy recommendations to improve the sustainability of manure and nutrient management in the Baltic Sea Region, Ms. Minna Sarvi, Luke – Natural Resources Institute Finland
- HELCOM update on nutrient recycling strategy in the Baltic Sea region, Ms. Susanna Kaasinen, HELCOM – The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission
- Nutrient Balanced Fertilisation – the fundamental practice to reach nutrient efficiency, Mr. Gunnar Norén, Senior Advisor Working Area Leader on Water Protection in Agriculture, Coalition Clean Baltic
Inspirational examples and messages from the Baltic Sea region countries
- Denmark: Utilizing manure in biogas production, Mr. Bruno Sander Nielsen, Biogas Denmark
- Finland: Finland as a pilot country for nutrient cycling, Ms. Marja-Liisa Tapio-Biström, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
- Poland: Manure and nutrient management as part of the Nitrate Program in Poland, Mr. Marek Krysztoforski, CDR Brwinow, Radom Branch
- Estonia: Decreasing broadcast spreading via joint efforts, Mr. Kalvi Tamm, ECRI – Estonian Crop Research Institute
- Sweden: Aftermath from 20 years of systematic environmental on farm advice in the project Focus on Nutrients (Greppa Näringen). Dr. Markus Hoffman, Federation of Swedish Farmers, LRF