Audit on combating eutrophication in the Baltic Sea

Author: BalticSea2020
Year published: 2016

European Court of Auditors (ECA) has reviewed the Baltic countries' progress in reducing their nutrient input to the Baltic Sea. The results show varying degrees of success amongst the member states. Inefficient fertiliser use on farms and poor waste water treatment identified as the major sources of nitrogen and phosphorus discharge into the sea.

Manure should not be seen as waste but rather an asset. With proper management, agriculture and livestock farms do not have to contribute to the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea. BalticSea2020 conducts a large-scale project on an industrial pig farm in Poland that tests, evaluates and implements a number of measures to prevent leakage of nitrogen and phosphorus into the air and water. We want to show that it is possible to conduct large-scale farming without the environment being adversely affected. Click here to read more about the project and the measures.

Click here to read the article "Audit: EU should have been tougher on Baltic pollution".